Staff scuba gear stolen from Eden Rock

Joe Morris, left, and Andrew Barnes had their dive kits stolen from the Eden Rock Dive Center Friday. – Photo: Charles Duncan

An estimated $3,400 worth of scuba equipment belonging to two employees was stolen Friday afternoon from the Eden Rock Dive Center in George Town.

“These are the tools of our trade,” said guide Andrew Barnes, whose new BCD and other equipment were stolen.

Mr. Barnes said one of the company’s instructors left a storeroom unlocked between 1 and 3 p.m. and someone entered and stole two BCDs, regulators and other equipment.

“As an instructor, you need the best equipment,” he said, “and you need to know it inside and out.”

He said he and Joe Morris, whose equipment was also stolen, will still be able to dive with gear from the shop.

“I’ve been here nine years and never had anything stolen,” Mr. Barnes said. “Cayman is changing.”

He said a police officer came to the store and took a report but had not filed it yet. In the meantime, they are alerting dive shops and other places where the thief might try to sell the gear.

Mr. Barnes said it could take him a year to save up for another new BCD.