Government officials in the Cayman Islands are concerned that dive regulations are being flouted by some operators after the fifth death of a diver in the waters off the Cayman Islands this year.
An unnamed American tourist died at the end of May after apparently running into difficulties, he was using a helmet diving apparatus when he lost consciousness during a diving expedition with his son. Despite efforts by the on-board diving crew to resuscitate him he never regained consciousness. Helmet diving is unlike SCUBA in that any tourist can wear the equipment and jump into the ocean without any formal training.
Government officials in the Caymans want dive operators on the Islands to adhere to the Port Authority Law concerning the requirement for a crew member to remain on board while people are diving. Some dive operators in the Cayman Islands are continuing to ignore the safety regulations.