A 68-year-old man died Wednesday in Cayman’s 10th water-related death of the year.
The Cayman Islands resident was reported as being “in distress” off of Seven Mile Public Beach around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.
When police and emergency services arrived at the scene, they found the man unresponsive. He was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Nine tourists have died after getting into difficulty in Cayman’s water this year. All have ranged in age from 45 to 83.
Seven of the nine tourists experienced trouble while snorkeling or swimming, and the other two were diving-related incidents. Cayman recorded seven water-related deaths in 2017, according to an annual report issued by the RCIPS in May.
Another possible water-related death this year could be missing swimmer Linvol Smith on Cayman Brac, who disappeared in May. Search efforts to locate him at the time were unsuccessful.
The Grand Court is currently conducting six inquests this week, at least five of them looking into water-related deaths.
The subjects of the inquests include Edna Llorens Quinones, 70, who died after snorkeling on Aug. 4, 2017; Dr. Rodney Lamb, who died after swimming in November 2017; Richard Fitzpatrick, 72, who died while snorkeling on Feb. 5, 2018; Dennis Bouta, who died while snorkeling on Feb. 12, 2018; and Beverley Bersano, who died on a scuba trip on April 20, 2018.