David Gardner –
A former British police officer who retired to the Cayman Islands after 30 years on the force has died in a scuba diving accident.
Chris Devereux, 54, moved abroad to help lead an anti-crime drive with the Royal Cayman Islands Police.
The experienced detective, who had previously served with Merseyside Police, died after getting into difficulties while diving while off-duty at a popular spot near an underwater mermaid sculpture off Sunset House, near the capital George Town.
Mr Devereux moved to the Caribbean island, a favourite with British holidaymakers, in May this year.
A police spokesman on the island, which is also a well known financial tax haven, said last night: ‘The officer had been shore diving with a colleague when he got into difficulty and lost consciousness.
‘His colleague brought him to the surface. Staff from Sunset House immediately assisted, brought him to shore and performed CPR.
‘When the ambulance crew arrived they continued CPR while conveying the officer to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town.