American tourist dies in diving incident

By Alexis R. Milan
Staff Reporter

A 64-year-old American tourist on a diving expedition to Silk Caye off the coast of Placencia died on Monday after he started experiencing problems underwater.

David Reed Rowley was pronounced dead at around 1 p.m. Wednesday after he didn’t respond to CPR. The dive instructor who took the expedition to Silk Caye told the police that he entered the water along with Rowley, who was properly equipped with scuba gear. But about 10 minutes into the dive, near a depth of 40 feet Rowley grabbed one of his legs as if in pain.

The instructor tried to communicate with Rowley and after he found him unresponsive so he brought him to the surface.

Rowley never regained consciousness. The instructor headed to the Robert’s Grove Marina where he contacted the police. The body was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital to await a post mortem examination.
Rowley joined the Caye expedition for a dayof snorkling fun along with a group of 22 scuba divers and three snorkelers

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