Monday, May 28, 2012

Cayman Islands: Floridian, 56, Dies While Snorkeling

An unidentified tourist from Tampa, FL, 56, was pronounced dead earlier today (May 28) while snorkeling in waters on Grand Cayman's east end. The decedent was snorkeling with a friend, but at one point the two became separated. As a result, the tourist was later found floating face down in the water.

COMMENT: Police say the Tampa man was brought to shore by his companion, who administered CPR until paramedics arrived, but the man could not be be successfully resuscitated and was later  pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

As most of our regular readers know, there have been a number of deaths in recent months involving seniors who have died from heart ailments while swimming or snorkeling. Consequently, it is suggested that all travelers, particularly those over the age of 40, have a thorough physical examination from their medical provider before engaging in strenuous activity, as so many travelers did from undiagnosed cardiovascular disease.