Death of Swimmer [Updated]

Thu, 2018-06-28

Marine Police responded to a report of an incident that took place in the waters off of Hawkins Island today at 11:09am. It appears that a female tourist was swimming when she fell into difficulty in the water and had to be taken out by onlookers. She was then conveyed by a police boat to Barrs Park, where she was met by the ambulance which subsequently conveyed the woman to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. No further information will be given until the next of kin has been notified.

Update: Friday, June 29th, 2018 - The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 74 year old American cruise ship visitor Dolores Burke and extends sincere condolences to her family and friends.

It appears that Ms. Burke, from Florida, was snorkeling with a tour group near Hawkins Island around 11am Thursday, June 28th when she got into difficulty.

Despite lifesaving efforts on the water as she was transported by police vessel to shore – which continued as she was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance – Ms. Burke was later pronounced dead.

A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to assist the deceased’s loved ones at this difficult time.

There were no suspicious circumstances. However, an autopsy is anticipated.