Canadian visitor dies while snorkelling in Bermuda


Police have identified a 62-year-old man who drowned in the waters off Bermuda earlier this week as a Canadian national – one of five visitors who have died at sea here this year, three of them while snorkelling.

Thomas Kyser, whose home address was not known, was taking part in what police described as a “snorkelling excursion” near North Rock when he lost consciousness while in the water at around 10 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday.

Kyser was rushed ashore and taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Last week an 80-year-old cruise ship passenger, Stuart Rothfield, whose nationality was not released, was found floating in the sea off Dockyard at the island’s west end.

Police said the visitor is believed to have been snorkelling with a tour group before he was found in an unresponsive state.

In July, a 69-year-old visitor from California, Frank D’Angelo, was apparently snorkelling in a cove at Horseshoe Beach when he lost consciousness and died.

A month earlier, Tom Power, 81, an American restaurateur from Williamsburg, Virginia, died after getting into difficulty while swimming off the south shore.

At the start of June, Mary Elizabeth McKee, 62, from New Zealand, died when she was thrown overboard in a boating accident in Hamilton Harbour. Her 69-year-old husband was seriously injured in the crash.

The couple was in Bermuda to support the Emirates Team New Zealand boat which went on to win sailing’s prestigious America’s Cup after beating Oracle Team USA, the defenders, in the final.

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  1. The common denominator in all of the accident seem to be age. They may have had a pre exciting medical condition. The diving schools and a like need to advise partisapant accordingly.

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