Third elderly tourist dies in Cayman waters this year

A 72-year-old tourist died Wednesday after he was pulled from the water in North Side district.

The unidentified visitor is the fifth person to die in Cayman’s waters this year and the third tourist to die in a water-related accident.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the 911 Emergency Centre was called late Wednesday morning about a snorkeler who went unconscious while swimming near Sand Point Road, North Side.

Police said several people in the area at the time helped to pull the elderly man from the water and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

The man was pronounced dead at hospital around noon Wednesday.

The three tourists who have died in water-related accidents during 2017 have all been snorkelers over the age of 70.

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