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Third water death again claims American victim

Cayman has recorded its third death of 2016 related to diving or snorkeling. The victim was a visitor from the United States who was on a dive Wednesday morning.

He is identified by the RCIPS as James B. Campbell, 65, from the state of Kentucky. No further identifying information was given, but a Facebook post indicates the victim may have been from the Louisville area.

Police say at around 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, an unconscious man was being brought to the Brac Reef Dock and that CPR was already underway. He was taken to Faith Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

All three of this year’s diving or snorkeling fatalities involved American men in their 50’s or 60’s. In 2015, all seven diver fatalities involved American tourists between the ages of 51 and 70, and resulted in police advisories about the importance of affirming good health conditions prior to diving.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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