Canadian visitor dies while snorkelling in Bermuda waters

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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug 31, CMC   –  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.
Two Americans have also died on Bermuda’s roads this year.
In June, 63-year-old Brian Anderson died when his rental scooter collided with a car in Devonshire parish.
Anderson’s 11-year-old granddaughter was on the back of the scooter at the time, police said. She suffered injuries in the crash but was later discharged from hospital.
In May, 68-year-old Edmund Prentis from Westhampton Beach, New York, a repeat visitor to the island, died in a road accident. Well known on the international croquet circuit – åhe was in Bermuda to take part in a tournament.

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