September 21, 2021

Cayman Islands police officers render lifesaving aid in two incidents

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Officers Render Lifesaving Aid in Two Incidents Thursday, 22 June

On Thursday, 22 June, officers, with assistance from members of the public, rendered lifesaving aid in two critical incidents.

Just before 1PM, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers to a restaurant on North Church Street where an elderly woman had reportedly fallen through a glass door and was bleeding heavily.

An auxiliary constable patrolling the waterfront was the first on scene, and immediately rendered First Aid to the woman, who was bleeding from gashes in her face and arms.  The constable removed his shirt to wrap the wounds, and members of the public also gave him articles of their own clothing to put pressure on her other wounds, while two other officers at the scene also assisted. An ambulance transported the woman to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where A & E staff commended the quick actions of the officers and the public to staunch the bleeding.  The woman was treated at hospital and later released.

Later yesterday evening in West Bay, another officer intervened in a critical incident involving a person in distress.

Just before 9:15pm yesterday, West Bay officers responded to a call regarding a man suffering a mental episode and screaming in the street. While making checks in the area, officers saw a small crowd gathered near a pond between Adonis Drive and Lynnette Crescent.  The man, who was clearly in mental distress, had waded about 120 feet from shore toward the mangroves and refused to come back.  One officer climbed the wall near the mangroves and went into the water and spoke with the man for an extended period to calm him down and convince him to return to shore, which he did.  The man was seen by medical staff and ultimately returned home, but is under observation.

“These are the kinds of everyday situations that officers encounter which test their skills and training,” said Kurt Walton, Deputy Commissioner of Police, “and I am pleased to say that time and again, our officers have demonstrated resourcefulness and skill that has saved lives.”

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