Bahamian authorities still investigating death

By The Mercury

Russell Weisbender was snorkeling with a group of other American citizens near a beach in the Bahamas shortly before noon Monday when he reportedly didn’t resurface and drowned.

On Wednesday, the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed the 63-year-old Manhattan resident was the man who died in the incident.

Weisbender was recovered from under water by another man, according to a police press release containing additional details about the incident.

CPR was administered after Weisbender was recovered, but he didn’t respond. A doctor later pronounced him dead at Marsh Harbour Clinic.

Police reported the group was snorkeling off a boat near Mermaid Beach in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

No other details have been released, but police are still investigating.

Weisbender was a well-known contractor and developer in the Manhattan community.

Doug DeMonbrun, a longtime business partner of Weisbender, on Tuesday told The Mercury that Weisbender was vacationing in the Bahamas with his wife, Donna.

DeMonbrun said an autopsy is pending.

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