Police Name Victim As Wilmis Herrera Moreno

May 19, 2015

[Updated] Police have confirmed the death today [May 19] of a 25 year old Dominican guest worker who ran into difficulty whilst he was swimming.

A Police spokesperson said, “Marine police attended a report of a serious incident that took place a few minutes after 6pm on Long Island, commonly referred to as Paradise Lakes.

Boat Drowning Bermuda, May 19 2015-1

“It appears that five individuals were on a 15 foot open boat when a 25 year old Dominican guest worker ran into difficulty whilst he was swimming.

“He was taken out of the water by two individuals who were with him and marine police then took the man to Darrell’s Wharf where he was met by the ambulance.

Boat Drowning Bermuda, May 19 2015-2

“He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 7:10pm. No further information will be given until the next of kin has been notified. An investigation into this incident is underway.

Update May 20, 12.00pm: A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 25 year old Wilmis Herrera Moreno and extends condolences to his family and friends.

“It appears that Mr. Herrera Moreno, a Dominican Republic national, was initially on a 15 foot open boat with four other individuals in the waters surrounding Long Island – commonly referred to as Paradise Lakes – before he encountered difficulty whilst swimming around 6pm Tuesday, May 19th.

“CPR was performed on the 25 year old guest worker during transport by marine police vessel and then ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital; however he was later pronounced dead at 7:10pm Tuesday.

“A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to assist Mr. Herrera Moreno’s loved ones at this difficult time.

“The investigation into this sudden death continues and anyone who may have been boating in the vicinity of Long Island Tuesday afternoon is encouraged to contact the main police telephone number 295-0011 at the earliest opportunity.”

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  1. Annie says:

    So sad...25 years old and his family back home has to get this bad news after he probably came here to work to help them out. Very sad news.

  2. TonyC says:

    RIP. What a terrible thing to happen.

    • TonyC says:

      Two people do not believe that this was a terrible thing???

  3. Oh no says:

    Very sad. Condolences to his family and friends.

  4. D says:

    Very very sad. We actually pulled the guy out of the water. His friends were on shore and others were in a broken boat. We're on vacation and saw the distressed friends as we were passing through. We stopped, got our snorkel gear and found him. We pulled him up for the police to bring on their boat. There was another couple on a boat that also stopped and helped. Very tragic news and feel very sorry for his friends and family. If his friends see this, we're so sorry and wish we had gotten there sooner.

    • What Do You Expect says:

      You did what you could! Sorry it wasn't enough. RIP Young Man... praying for the family and friends stay strong through this difficult time.

    • Sickofantz says:

      What an awful experience for you too. I hope you recover from this as best you can and condolences to the guys friends and family.

    • S&J says:

      Very Sad! We are other couple that stopped and helped. Wish we could have gotten there sooner. We are so sorry to the friends and family!

      • sage says:

        Thanks for letting people know, the Police media relations made no mention of the assistance you guys rendered. Very sad, condolences to his family.

    • Jokita Santy Moreno says:

      Thank u on behalf of out family.

  5. hmmm says:

    My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  6. Jokita Santy Moreno says:

    Thank u soooo much every for the love and the condolences on behalf of our family.