UPDATED: Police identified the victim in Wednesday’s water-related death near Rum Point as Mongkol Srilamai, a 44-year-old Cayman resident originally from Thailand.
Marine officers also acknowledged the bravery of Beha Hansson, 15, who was swimming with Mr. Mongkol when he encountered difficulties, pulled him from the water and performed CPR.
Beha then re-entered the water to assist a second person to shore, according to a press release from the RCIPS.
“His actions and clear thinking may have prevented a second tragedy,” police said in the release.
ORIGINAL: A 44-year-old man died in a drowning accident around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday near Rum Point, police reported.
Emergency responders attended the scene where three “distressed swimmers” were pulled onto the beach, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said in a statement.
CPR was performed on the man, who was unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
The group had been attending a party at a Rum Point residence, police said.
The man’s identity was not released Thursday as police were still contacting his relatives.