Boat capsizes off Seven Mile Beach

Marine police responded Wednesday to a report of three men in the water after a boat capsized off Seven Mile Beach in rough sea conditions.

According to a police press release, a member of the public alerted 911 around 5:20 p.m. of a small, overturned boat drifting about 500 feet off the beach, with three men in the sea.

“The police vessel Niven D responded and found two men onshore near Tiki Beach, and a third swimming toward shore. The men were not injured,” the police statement reported.

Police said none of the boaters had been wearing life jackets, and the Joint Marine Unit learned that they had not alerted the Port Authority of their trip before setting off.

“Despite tragic incidents in recent months, we continue to see instances in which people have not taken recommended steps to ensure their own safety while out on the water,” said Inspector Leo Anglin, RCIPS Marine Commander.


  1. I can’t also believe that people would go out in small boat in bad weather with no life jackets , after the tragic
    deaths of the 5 young men a few months ago .
    The leaving of the boat to swim to shore was a bad exercise for these people to do , because the next time they might be more than 500 yards from land and they might try that again but might not make it to land this time .
    We have to remember that the boat is a much larger object to find in the big ocean than a body in the ocean .
    Never leave your boat in the ocean to try to swim to shore , unless the boat is on fire, then it becomes a life an death situation .

    But I surely think that government should take drastic measures to boat ownership in the Cayman Islands .

  2. Ron. Not 500 yards. 500 feet.
    Basically a short swim. Although harder if it is rough.

    I certainly agree that they should have stayed with the boat if it was much further out.
    Also that one should always have safety gear on board. In fact it’s the law.

  3. Mr Linton, thanks for correcting my error, I was only making a reference to the distance because when one may know that they can swim 500 feet and leave their boat that is not a good practice to be exercised, because the next time they might be that 500 yards and not make it to shore .
    I’m not try to encourage bad practice , I trying to make good practice regardless of if the water is rough or calm never leave your boat unless it’s a life and death situation .

  4. Ron. Agreed. But if it was only 500 feet I would swim for it rather than risk the boat being pulled further out to sea.

    Over 30 years ago I was almost lost at sea as were my family just off cemetery beach in West Bay.

    I had anchored our little aluminum boat and left my then wife and 2 year old in it while I went snorkeling. I was wearing a blow up snorkeling vest. I was closer to the shore than they were.

    The boat had a 15 hp motor, I had taught my wife how to start it and there were oars, life jackets for all and safety gear like flares. No cell phones of course.

    When I turned round to go back to the boat I realized the wind had caught this little boat and was pushing them out to sea. My wife tried to start the engine and broke the pull cord. She tried to row to me and busted an oar-lock.
    She fired the flares.
    Meanwhile I was a mile out over the drop-off. I realized I could not catch them and aimed back to shore for rescue.

    After 3 hours fighting the current I was close to the shore and nearly exhausted. Then I heard the sound of a police boat, who had them in tow and came to look for me. Luckily someone working at the gas station at the West Bay 4-way stop had seen them and called the police.

    It was front page news on the Cayman Compass the next day. And I couldn’t walk for 3 days.

  5. Mr Linton, it’s apparent we did not get our seamanship experience from the same kind of seamen, cause when I was thought, if you broke your engine crank cord, you used your anchor rope as pull cord to start the engine. When you break your oar lock, you use your anchor rope again to make an oar strap to put your oar in so you can row your boat, or you use your oar as paddle.
    Over 30 years ago, I did that distance swimming and went back the next day and did it again, but I would say that you were lucky and I am happy for the outcome.

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