UPDATE: Police name two men killed in boat accident

***Update, 2:15pm Tuesday***

Police have named the two men killed in a Sunday night boating accident. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said Emmanuel Brown, 49, and John Turner, 70, both died when their boat was struck by the charter boat Pepper Jelly just before 10pm Sunday.

Turner was found unresponsive aboard the single-engine 24-foot Hurricane Deck boat he was in when emergency crews arrived at the crash scene. Brown was knocked overboard and search and rescue crews recovered his body the following day around noon.

Brown spent 22 years as an RCIPS officer before retiring in 2018 and was a well-known football referee. Turner, a British national, was reportedly retired.

***Original story***

Two men were killed and a woman injured when two boats collided just before 10pm Sunday evening in the North Sound, off Prospect, police said.

One of the men died at the scene and the body of the second man was found on Monday afternoon following an extensive search of the area. Police had not publicly released the names of the two dead men by press time.

Police said three people were in each boat when the crash happened. One boat capsized following the collision, throwing its three occupants into the water. All three were unharmed and swam to shore.

The second boat was located shortly afterwards, police said, and appeared to have sustained “significant damage”. One man on board was unresponsive at the scene and was subsequently declared dead, and a woman was transported to Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment. The second man, 49, of George Town, who had also been on board the boat, could not be found and a search and rescue operation commenced on Sunday night.

Police said emergency personnel, including members of the Cayman Islands Fire Service and the RCIPS’ Joint Marine and Air Operations units took part in the search. Crews searched until 4am, when poor visibility forced them to suspend operations, police said, adding that the search resumed at 6am.

Police prepare to remove the Pepper Jelly from the water at Harbour House Marina on Monday. The boat was one of two involved in Sunday’s fatal collision. – Photo: Alvaro Serey

Police also put out an appeal for assistance from small boat owners or people with Jet Skis or WaveRunners to assist in the search. It was not immediately known how many people participated in looking for the missing man.

Near noon on Monday, the body of the man was recovered in the North Sound and transported initially to the Joint Marine Unit headquarters on Hirst Road, where an ambulance was waiting.

The boats involved in the collision, one of which was a 32-foot Wellcraft Scarab called Pepper Jelly belonging to Mango Jam Charters, were taken to Harbour House Marina, but were later removed by police.

Pepper Jelly was one of two boats involved in Sunday night’s fatal collision in the North Sound in which two men were killed. – Photo: Alvaro Serey

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