BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A post mortem examination of the remains of Gregory Dean Vermatsu of California, United States of America confirmed that the 72-year-old died by drowning.
According to a police communique, the autopsy was performed on Friday (Sept. 13) by Resident Pathologist, Dr. Adrian Nunez, who concluded that death was as a result of asphyxia due to drowning.
Police had stated that at about 11:00 a.m. on Thursday (Sept. 12) they received a report of a drowning incident at incident at Banana Beach in the Southeast Peninsula.
The communique stated that enquiries revealed that while snorkeling with his wife, Vematsu had experienced difficulty which resulted in his demise.
The District Medical Doctor was summoned to the scene and pronounced him dead.
And technicians from the Crime Scene Unit were also summoned and they had processed the scene.
Vermatsu was the second person to have died by drowning within six days in St. Kitts.
The first was 23-year-old Marcus Rubaine of Saddlers Village who, on Saturday (Sept. 7), had left his home to go diving with an individual at Lavington Bay.
Some time later while diving, he had experienced difficulties and drowned. His body was taken to the shore by a civilian and later pronounced dead by the District Medical Doctor.