Cruise passenger dies while snorkelling

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A day of exploring Antigua ended tragically for a cruise passenger yesterday.

Sixty-four-year-old Martin Brutosky of New York, died while snorkelling by Bird Island.

The police do not suspect foul play.

Martin Brutosky and his wife Diane Montero arrived in Antigua yesterday morning on a Princess cruise ship.

In the afternoon, they went on a tour of Stingray City which includes snorkeling just off Bird Island.

Observer Media understands that the wife reported to the police that she noticed her husband had stopped moving, ten minutes after they were in the water.

The woman also said she brought her husband to the surface and called for help which came in the form of CPR from one of the captains of the Sting Ray city boat. 

The visitor however remained unresponsive and was taken to Jumby Bay where more CPR was administered.

He was then transported Shell Beach from where the EMS picked up and took him to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. The 64-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival.

It’s understood that he suffered from high blood pressure.

The body is at the Barnes Funeral home waiting to be taken back New York.

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