CDNN :: Diver died after Little Cayman Beach Resort ignored safety code
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by LUTHER MONROE - CDNN Dive Safety News Editor
CAYMAN ISLANDS (14 Mar 2007) -- A Cayman Islands dive resort allegedly ignored basic scuba diving safety standards, and by doing so, may have caused the disappearance and presumed death of one of its customers.
A diver is missing and presumed dead after an apparent violation of safety regulations by Little Cayman Beach Resort and Reef Divers.
Heidi Theresa Carson, 43, disappeared while scuba diving on February 11after PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Little Cayman Beach Resort and Reef Divers failed to provide her with a "buddy" diver.
The Cayman Water Sports Operators Association Code of Safety Requirements strictly prohibits solo dives and mandates that all dive operators in the Cayman Islands require customers to utilize the "buddy system".
The "buddy system" is an internationally endorsed scuba diving safety standard that aims to enhance diver safety by requiring divers to dive in pairs.