Cruise ship tourist dies after swim

A 70-year-old American woman died Monday after getting into difficulties while on a snorkel trip, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

Police were initially notified of the incident by 911 and were told that the victim was being brought in to dock at the Yacht Club in West Bay from where she had been swimming in the Coral Gardens area.

The victim, a cruise ship passenger, was pulled from the water around 11 a.m. during the snorkel trip after she got into trouble.

She was given CPR and oxygen on board the craft, but was never able to be revived. Paramedics brought the woman to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.


  1. I give my condolences to the family of such tragic lost of a loved one .
    Speaking from my over 20 years experience of dealing with people on snorkeling trips . I still believe that we can prevent alot of these tragic deaths , if we payed more attention to our passengers age , swimming ability , and your responsibility for their safety .

    I have dealt with many people who seems to think that they know everything . That changed when you stepped onto my boat in my responsibility and I never had any tragedies in my career .

  2. These incidents are always very sad and must be terrible for the family but many of them are completely unpredictable. 25 years ago I was working in a resort where full medicals were mandatory for all open water scuba students. It was actually illegal for us to take them into the water without prior medical clearance. The exam included a chest x-ray and anyone over 40 also had to have an ECG. Despite that we had a woman in her early-30s suffer a fatal cardiac arrest during confined water training in 8-10 feet of water.

    However, I also remember working with certified divers at other resorts who were just accidents waiting to happen. One customer signed off his waiver with no health problems then a few hours later was spotted taking half-a-dozen medications that he hadn’t declared. Another who had AOW certification somehow ran out of air about 15 minutes into a shallow shore dive – at that point I’d used about 300psi. Any instructor will tell you similar stories.

    The fact is simply that whatever you do there will be fatalities and statistically it’s still more dangerous on the golf course or the squash court than snorkeling or scuba diving.

    I stopped scuba diving just after turning 60 simply because I could sense that my comfort zone was becoming a bit less comfortable than it should be. I’d enjoyed it for 20 years, done numerous deep (some of them over 200′) dives along with some pretty impressive wreck diving and frankly was able to just walk away from it. Sadly, there are a lot of people who just refuse to accept the inevitable.

  3. Mr. Williams it’s obvious that you must have known that the driver had signed waiver saying that he/she had no medical health problems , but was spotted taking a half dozen pills . What kind of responsibility actions did you take in breach of contract ? I would have refused to let him or her go diving if i were the leader / Captain until further proof of why those pills were taken .

    But that’s the kind of responsibility that I think that could prevent allot of tragedies from happening .

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