|Death: ||Aug. 10, 2011|
George Town, Cayman Islands
West Chester man dies while diving in Cayman Islands
Published: Friday, August 12, 2011
By PAUL KENNEDY
Special to the Local News
CAYMAN ISLANDS -- A West Chester man has died after completing a dive while in the Cayman Islands.
John Bonner, 64, died after he lost consciousness getting out of the water. He was with a member of his family and had completed a dive off a site in East End on Wednesday morning.
Police say he experienced difficulties as he tried to board a boat with a member of his family.
Staff from the resident dive company, Tortuga Divers, helped Bonner get onboard the vessel and administrated CPR while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.
Bonner was rushed to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A spokesman for the Royal Cayman Islands Police service said: "About 11:02 a.m. on Wednesday 10 August 2011, police were informed that a 64-year-old man experienced difficulties and lost consciousness while boarding a vessel after completing a dive off a dive site in East End
"The man was conveyed to the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, where he was pronounced dead on arrival."
Police are now investigating the death and say inquiries are ongoing.
Mike Flowers, Reef Resort Director, said they did all they could to save the his life.
He added: "It is one of those unfortunate incidents. He had passed his physical before hand and was on a two-tank dive.
"After the second dive he came up on the ladder and told the boat crew that he was experiencing pain. He collapsed on the boat where the crew carried out CPR while waiting for the Emergency Medical Technicians to arrive.
"Reef resort would like to extend their sincere condolences and prayers to the family."
Created by: Jeff Pincin Sr.
Record added: Aug 12, 2011
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