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Tragedy as US tourist, 79, dies while snorkelling

A 79-year-old cruise ship visitor died on Sunday after slipping into an unresponsive state while snorkelling off the West End.

Meyer Shipping confirmed that the man was a US citizen, visiting on the Carnival Fantasy.

The victim was part of a tour group and swimming approximately a mile offshore at the time of the incident.

Police said the man was taken ashore and attended to by EMTs, but pronounced dead by a physician at 12.55pm.

The circumstances are not considered suspicious, but an autopsy is expected.

A tour boat operator yesterday called the incident a tragedy, but said he hadn't heard the details of what happened.

“Sometimes all the training and the precautions in the world just don't make a difference,” he said.

Carnival Cruise Lines said the victim's family was being comforted by a guest care team.

The Fantasy, which set out from Charleston, South Carolina, arrived at Dockyard on Saturday.

Tragedy: A 79-year-old tourist, who was visiting the Island as a passenger on the Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy ship, died on Sunday while snorkelling about one mile offshore. Pictured above is the cruise ship Fantasy docked in New Orleans in this 2006 file picture. The ship is currently visiting Dockyard.

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Published September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm)

Tragedy as US tourist, 79, dies while snorkelling

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