Snorkeler dies off George Town

A 69-year-old man from the United States died Sunday evening while snorkeling off Eden Rock in George Town, police reported.

Police found the tourist floating in the water shortly after a 911 call at 5 p.m. reported the man missing, police said.

The police helicopter spotted the man in the water off Jackson Point, more than a half-mile south of Eden Rock. A police spokeswoman said the family asked that the man not be named.

Police said the man went snorkeling with his wife, and that she returned earlier while he remained in the water. The water Sunday evening was choppy, with a small craft warning in effect offshore and winds from the east to northeast at 10 to 15 knots.

Witnesses near Jackson Point on Sunday evening, at the fuel terminals in South Sound, reported seeing the police helicopter hovering overhead and the Niven D police boat racing down the coast from central George Town. Officers on the boat pulled the man from the water and attempted to resuscitate him, police said.

 

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