UPDATED: Diver dies in George Town

Cayman Islands Hospital

A female diver died after getting into difficulty off South Church Street, George Town, on Sunday, in the eighth water-related death involving a tourist this year.

Police received a report of a person in distress shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The woman, 64-year-old Peggy Sylvia Michel from New York, was helped back to shore by her dive buddy, who then, along with members of the public, administered CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

She was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where she was  pronounced dead.

Ms. Michel’s death marks the eighth water death in 2018 to involve a visitor from the U.S., all of whom were between the ages of 57 and 83.

Six of the visitors experienced difficulties while they were out on snorkeling or swimming trips; two others involved diving incidents.

In addition to the visitor fatalities, another incident reported April 2 involved a 76-year-old West Bay man who had been out fishing when he got into distress. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service did not record this as a water-related incident.

A possible ninth water fatality involves missing swimmer Linvol Smith on Cayman Brac, who disappeared over a long holiday weekend in May.


  1. Sorry to hear of another tragic death, and I give the family my regards. I wonder if in all of these tragic deaths , if there had been a good forensic investigation done in each inquest to know the true causes .

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