Cayman waters claim elderly American man

Cayman’s deadly year on the water continues.

A 78-year-old American man became Cayman’s sixth water-related death of the year yesterday.

Just before 11 a.m. on Thursday, police and emergency personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive man in the water on Seven Mile Beach near Royal Palms.

The man was transported to Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m.

He has been identified as Cuong Trinh from Texas.

There were three water-related fatalities in March and two in January. The number does not include five missing boaters, including two children, who were lost in Cayman’s territorial waters near 12-Mile Bank on March 6. That incident is being investigated as a missing persons case after police called off their search and recovery operation.


  1. I am very sad to hear of the victim, and give the family my condolences.

    I have never heard of so many deaths in the waters of Cayman Islands in my life , and I wonder if all these deaths in the waters of Cayman Islands would give Cayman Islands a bad name in the future ?

    I read that some of the victims had died from drowning and heart attack, but has there ever been a fully and completely forensic investigation done in each case to understand what is really happening .

  2. Another sad death – condolences to family and friends.
    Each unexplained death, which will include sudden and enexpected deaths, will require a postmortem examination. If, following this, the finding is one of ‘natural causes’ then there will be no further investigation.
    If, however, there is no medical reason, then the matter will go to a Coroner’s inquest following a full investigation.

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