Suspected drowning on Exuma diving expedition

Detectives on Exuma are investigating the circumstances surrounding the suspected drowning of an American man on Friday.

According to reports, shortly before 11am, police on Exuma were informed that an adult male was brought unresponsive into a local marina from a diving expedition.

Officers were dispatched and on their arrival at the docking site, they were directed to a vessel where the man’s body was. The victim was examined by the local medical doctor and pronounced dead.

Initial investigations indicate that sometime around 9am a party of 10 had gone on a diving expedition. A short time later, while at the dive site in the area of Rolleville, Exuma, the expedition began their goal of reaching a specified depth.

During the dive, when the party arrived at an initial designated depth, one of the instructors motioned to the divers for a response.

However, the instructor became concerned about one diver due to not receiving the appropriate signal from him. The instructor went to the man and discovered that he was not fully coherent.

Instructions were then signalled for all the divers to resurface. Once at the surface the man was placed aboard the vessel where he collapsed. A decision was made to return to shore.

The Coroner was apprised of the initial facts in this matter. Police will await an official identification by a next of kin to confirm the victim’s identity and an autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death. This matter remains under active investigation.


Cobalt 1 month, 1 week ago

Sounds like negligence on the part of the diving instructor. Either this man suffered from “the bends” from resurfacing too quickly or he suffered hypoxia from lack of oxygen which could have led to an acute heart attack. Either way the diving instructor was responsible for assessing each diver’s condition before and after deep submergence.


zemilou 1 month, 1 week ago

Why are you so ready to jump to conclusions, particularly when the information in the story does not support your assertions, especially about the bends (the divers were not surfacing)? Or even hypoxia or hypoxemia which do result from low oxygen levels (so why this person and not all the divers using tanks from the same source?), but also from lung and heart diseases and medications.


becks 1 month ago

Cobalt, thank you for your opinion. And your expertise in this matter derives from what precisely. 🙄


ohdrap4 1 month, 1 week ago

Going to Exuma is hazardous to one's health.


Bonefishpete 1 month, 1 week ago

Bar air under and above water, Cause of death shortly


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