Police release name of deceased snorkeller

A former language instructor with the US Defense Language Institute has been identified as the woman who died last week in the waters near Royal Palms.

She is 78-year-old Zofia Prather, from California, who was visiting Cayman on a cruise ship.

She is Cayman’s ninth water-related death for the year.

According to Prather’s last posting on her Facebook page, on Monday, she said she was in the Gulf of Mexico on her way to Grand Cayman.

Police said Prather had been snorkeling in the water off Seven Mile Beach in the vicinity of Royal Palms, when she encountered difficulties. She was assisted to shore by members of the public and transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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