Crystal Caves director, operator, and co-owner Christian Sorensen, 53, was found non-responsive at his home in Palm Heights yesterday evening from self inflicted injuries.
Originally from Denmark Sorensen opened the North Side caves several years ago after spending many years acquiring the property.
He grew up in Barbados with his family from the age of 8 – where his father developed Harrison’s caves there for the government in the late 1970s. The attraction remains open to this day. After selling his manufacturing company in the mid-1990's he began searching for new caves in the Caribbean. As a result, he moved to Cayman in 1995 and, along with his father, began exploring all three islands for the best caves.
From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Sorensen devoted his efforts to purchasing the land for the site, devising a route for the access road from the main road, and working with government on a plan for the project.
In 2012, he began work on the site, which finished in January 2016. It was then opened in March of that year.
Pictured above on the right with his business partner Ergun Berksoy a Turkish hotelier
and Governor Kilpatrick at the Governor’s Conservation Awards last year where he was the recipient of the Tourism Industry Conservation Award.
RCIPS has confirmed that a post-mortem has been scheduled.