UPDATE: Police have confirmed the identity of the deceased in the water-related death that occurred on Saturday, 21 October. He is 27-year-old Raheem Tyrike Barrett, a Jamaican national residing in the Cayman Islands. The RCIPS expresses condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
(CMR) Police are now trying to ascertain the identity of a man who was pulled from waters off Seafarers Way in George Town Saturday night, 21 October.
Reports from the RCIPS are that shortly before 11:15 p.m., the 911 Communications Centre received a report of a possible person in distress in the waters off Seafarers Way, George Town. Port Authority staff at the location had seen what appeared to be a person in the water.
Police and Fire officers attended the location and conducted a search, during which fire officers located and retrieved an unresponsive man from the water. Emergency medical services arrived and transported the man to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
This death comes as Cayman is being reported as having one of the highest drowning rates in the world with an average of eight water-related deaths each year ver the last decade. So far this year, there have been 11 water-related deaths, including two Cubans who were are believed to have drowned after the vessel they were traveling in capsized.
Visitors to the Cayman Islands are among those who have died in water-related incidents.