2016 is three months old and already we’ve seen eight tragic deaths. Three people have lost their lives on our roads and five in our waters. That figure does not include the three men and two children who went missing at sea and are now presumed to be dead.
In the first three months, Cayman’s roads claimed three lives – the same amount as last year for the same time. It is worth noting that 2015 was the worst year on record, with a total of 13 fatal accidents.
Leaving the roads and heading out onto the seas, the country saw a 28% dip in the number of water related deaths so far. Last year this time Cayman recorded seven deaths between January and March, so far this year we’ve seen a total five. All of the deaths this year were American tourists on vacation. The latest man to die was a 43-year-old man from North Carolina. The RCIPS has identified him as Yanbin Liu.
But the statistics are not all bad news. So far this year, all three islands have recorded no murders. Last year Victor Yates and David Ebanks were both gunned down, in West Bay, a week apart form each other.