A former British police officer has died while scuba-diving in the Cayman Islands, according to the local police.
Chris Devereux, who was a serving officer with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), died during the accident which happened at 3pm yesterday.
The 54-year-old, who had previously served with Merseyside Police, died after getting into difficulties while diving while off-duty off Sunset House, near the capital George Town.
Mr Devereux, originally from Liverpool, had worked for 30 years as a police officer in the UK before moving to the Cayman Islands in May this year to help an anti-crime drive.
A RCIPS spokeswoman said: "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.
"However, despite efforts of the dive staff and the paramedics he was pronounced dead on arrival.
"A family liaison officer has been appointed by the RCIPS and efforts are being made to contact his next of kin."