Friday, February 7, 2014

Cayman Islands: US Tourist from Chicago, 64, Dies While Snorkeling with Family, Friends

According to The Associated Press, police George Town, in the Caymans say that US tourist Richard Chaput, 64, of Libertyville, IL, a suburb of Chicago, died on Wednesday (February 5) while snorkeling in the British territory.

COMMENT: Our condolences and sympathies go out to the  both sides of the Chaput family.

Thus far, investigators say that no foul play is attributed to Mr. Chaput's death, although police continue with their investigation.

Mr. Chaput was snorkeling off Cemetery Beach near the northwestern tip of Grand Cayman with his wife and several friends when he began having trouble. He apparently lost consciousness as they attempted to get him back to shore.

Police say members of the public and two fire service officers administered CPR to the American before an ambulance took him to the hospital in George Town, where he was pronounced dead.

As I have said so often in the past, seniors and those with known medical conditions should always have a thorough physical exam annually that includes blood chemistry tests, an EKG, benchmark blood pressure checks, etc.

Additionally, all seniors should never leave home without subscribing to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage. 


Finally, with so many seniors dying abroad every day, it is also essential that insurance coverage be obtained for the repatriation of their body if they die while away from home.