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“They Confirmed He was Dead, Then Left . . . Without the Body”

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The number of diver deaths in the Cayman Islands so far in 2015 is eight, but it's a March 31 fatality, a 62-yearold tourist from Northport, AL, causing the most controversy after a local dive boat operator claimed the authorities mistreated the man's body.

Victor Crawford was doing a morning dive off Lover's Wall in the East End with a group of 18 when no one could locate him after they surfaced. They radioed for help and a boat from the Ocean Frontiers dive shop responded. Crawford was later found in the water, and Ocean Frontiers' boat staff took him to their dock for treatment. The controversy started after Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) told the Cayman News Service that Crawford was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead. However, Ocean Frontiers managing director, Stephen Broadbelt, wrote a reply, stating he was "shocked" with RCIPs' response. "The ambulance took over one hour to arrive, and even after 911 was called, they called back to ask if we were sure and did we really need an ambulance. To make matters worse, after the paramedics had assessed the body, they confirmed he was dead, got back in the ambulance and left, without the body."...

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