UPDATED: Snorkeler dies in George Town

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UPDATED 6PM WEDNESDAY: A 68-year-old male visitor from the United States died after getting into difficulty while snorkeling off the George Town waterfront Tuesday morning.

Police said they responded to a report of a person in difficulty shortly after 10:45 a.m.

When emergency services arrived, they found the man unresponsive. He was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This was the second water-related death to occur in Grand Cayman in a week. Cayman Islands resident Jim Knapp, 68, died on Oct. 17 after experiencing difficulties in the water at Seven Mile Public Beach.

Police had not named the victim of Tuesday’s incident by press time.

The latest fatality is the 11th confirmed water-related death this year. A possible 12th water-related death involved missing swimmer Linvol Smith, who disappeared in Cayman Brac in May.

Ten tourists have died after getting into difficulty in Cayman’s water this year. All have ranged in age from 45 to 83. Seven experienced trouble while snorkeling or swimming, 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.


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: A 68-year-old male visitor from the U.S. died after getting into difficulty while snorkeling off the George Town waterfront Tuesday morning.

Police said they responded to a report of a person in difficulty shortly after 10:45 a.m. today.

When emergency services arrived, they found the man unresponsive. He was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This was the second water-related death to occur in Grand Cayman in a week, and 11th confirmed water-related fatality this year. Another possible water-related death could be missing swimmer Linvol Smith, who disappeared in Cayman Brac in May.

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