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New details are emerging in the search effort for Michael Gourzong.

The RCIPS told Cayman 27 it used every resource at its disposal in the emergency call out, but it wasn’t enough to save the young man’s life.

Police said the helicopter searched along the entire reef area, east and west of where the 24-year old was last seen Wednesday night (29 June), flying at low-level and using its “nightsun” light as daylight faded.

Crews eventually stood down for the night, and Michael’s body was found the next morning, not far from a private dock adjacent to Spotts public beach.

Police told Cayman 27 they’ve been in constant contact with the family, who’ve been fully briefed on the entire operation.

Understandably, the grieving will go on for the Gourzong family as the news sinks in. Michael’s mother says strong faith is helping the family through.

“He’s lived a life quite active and full for his young 24, so we feel blessed in a way that, we did what we could and he took it,” said Michael Gourzong’s mother Olga.

She told Cayman 27 she remembers her only son as a happy-go-lucky, kind human being with a big heart.

“He made no fuss with anything, he would give you the shirt off his back, he didn’t fuss for anything, and he loved the game of football,” said Ms. Gourzong.

Her son’s passion for the beautiful game became a ticket to see the world, manning the nets in competition overseas.

“He’s traveled to places like New Zealand that some people never get to go, and only hear about it on the map. He’s represented his country in different leagues, he’s traveled other places in the states, the Caribbean, he’s played locally,” said Ms. Gourzong.

Ms. Gourzong credited strong faith for helping the family through the pain of losing her son.

“The family, we have not asked why, because I think our faith is keeping us strong, and as much as we would have liked for it to have been the other way, we have kind of come to grips with it and said well it’s just God’s way. His timing is never our timing,” said Ms. Gourzong.

She told Cayman 27 she wants her son to be remembered for the way he warmed others hearts.

“He had that smile, that when you see him, that smile is there. I mean, even if you were annoyed, that was Mikey,” said Ms. Gourzong.

Michael Gourzong was always loved, said his mother, and he will be forever missed by those who knew him.

“That big kiss, whatever hours of the night he comes in and an ” I love you” whenever he leaves,” said Ms. Gourzong, choking back tears. “I’ll miss those. We’ll miss those.”


Ms. Gourzong said she’s been overwhelmed by the messages of love, support, sympathy and prayers from the community.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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