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English policeman dies in Cayman Islands dive

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012    

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Authorities say an English police officer who was recently transferred to the Cayman Islands has died while scuba-diving.

Police say 54-year-old Chris Devereux of Liverpool died Monday after losing consciousness while diving with a friend near the capital of George Town.

Devereux had worked for 30 years as a policeman in England before he was assigned to the Cayman Islands this year to help in an anti-crime drive.

Grenada police investigate Briton’s death

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — Grenada police are investigating the death of a British citizen in an apparent boating accident.

Police said Monday that 55-year-old Martin Beaumont was snorkelling in the sea with a colleague when a speedboat hit the pair. Beaumont was declared dead at the scene. His colleague is being treated at a local hospital.

Beaumont was general manager of the University Club in the island's capital. It's a private club for faculty and staff at St George's University, which is Grenada's independent medical school. He had lived on the Caribbean island for years.

The boat is reportedly owned by a physician.

Police have released few details, saying an investigation is under way. The incident happened Sunday.

Power back in Cuba after massive blackout

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Power has been restored to millions of people after a Sunday evening blackout that cut the lights in much of western Cuba, including the capital, Havana.

Electricity began to come back in the capital at about 1:00 am and the entire city appeared back online by morning.

Officials have not said what caused the power outage, which struck just after 8:00 pm Sunday, other than that it started after an "interruption in a transmission line".

The blackout affected communities from Pinar del Rio, in the west, to Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara in the centre of the country. The grid came back online from east to west, with neighbourhoods of Havana returning in stages early Monday.

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