November 23, 2020

Police investigate Sand Bar death – UPDATE

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The man has now been named by police as Samir Rizk of Raleigh, North Carolina.

It is anticipated that a post mortem examination will take place on Friday, 9 December 2011.


A 71-year-old cruise ship passenger died on Tuesday in the area of the Sand Bar.

Shortly before 2.00pm, police received a report that a man was unconscious and unresponsive on the water near to Coral Gardens.

The man, a 71-year-old cruise ship visitor, was found floating on the water by people on a boat at the Sand Bar near Coral Gardens. They lifted the man onto their vessel, but found he was unconscious and unresponsive to CPR.

The Joint Marine Unit’s ‘Niven D’ attended the location and transported the man to the Yacht Club where paramedics were standing-by. He was thereafter transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, but was found to be dead on arrival.

Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing and further details will be made available in due course.

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