(CMR) Regal Jackson (65) of George Town reportedly died after experiencing difficulties and losing consciousness while swimming this morning, 3 August.
CMR sources revealed Jackson was out snorkeling with his grandson, who lost one of his snorkeling fins. Jackson was allegedly attempting to retrieve the fin when he experienced difficulty. His grandson then called for help.
Police reports are that shortly before 8:15 am, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers and emergency services to a report of a person in distress in the waters off the shore of North Church Street, north of Arthur’s Way.
First responders attended the scene, and Jackson was brought to shore by Fire Officers. He was then transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital via ambulance, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
Jackson worked at AL Thompson for 19 years and was well-loved by customers. He purchased large equipment like generators, compressors, and builders’ hardware. He was on leave at the time of his death.
“We will certainly miss him, and we are all shocked and saddened over his passing,” AL Thompson said, adding it was arranging counseling for Jackson’s grandson.
Jackson’s death comes weeks after MacFarlane Conolly also died tragically in a water-related incident. Two visitors to the island also died in water-related incidents last month.