US tourist dies while snorkeling in Cayman Islands

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Associated Press

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Updated Monday, May 28 at 1:03 PM

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Cayman Islands police say a Florida man has died while snorkeling during a vacation in the British Caribbean territory.

A police statement says the 56-year-old tourist from Tampa died while snorkeling off Grand Cayman's east end.

Police spokeswoman Janet Dougall said Monday that she does not have immediate authorization to release the man's name.

Authorities say the American tourist was snorkeling Sunday with a companion but became separated. A short time later the man was found floating face down in the water.

Police say the Tampa man was brought to shore by his companion, who administered CPR until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

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