A British tourist in Jamaica has died after trying to drink all 21 cocktails listed on a bar menu alongside two Canadian women as part of a dare, an investigation has found.
Timothy Southern, 53, was on vacation in May 2022 with his children, sister and other family members, staying at the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in the Jamaican resort town of Saint Ann.
He had been drinking beer and brandy that morning, the investigation found, when he joined a pair of Canadian tourists trying to complete the 21-by-midnight cocktail challenge to celebrate one of their birthdays, ITV reported.
The investigation was conducted to discover the timeline of the day’s events and determine the exact cause of death.
The inquest heard that Southern managed 12 of the drinks when she decided to return to her hotel room.
Family members raised the alarm when they found him there, the Stoke Sentinel, a UK outlet, reported.
One of them told his inquiry: “He was on his back drowning. I put him in recovery position and yelled for an ambulance. He was making a gurgling sound. As soon as he was in the recovery position, he vomited. He was calling out his name without getting a response.
The relative told the inquest that even when a nurse arrived to help, little was done: an ambulance was not called and no action was taken by the nurse to save him, they said.
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“I thought she would take over. But that was not the case,” the family member said.
“I told him, ‘Don’t just sit there looking at him, start CPR.’ She only gave him chest compressions. Maybe if she’d known what she was doing, maybe he’d still be here.
“The service and treatment he received was disgusting,” the outlet reported that the family member said.
According to ITV, a pathologist in Jamaica ruled the cause of death as “acute gastroenteritis due to alcohol consumption”.
A GoFundMe was set up last year to help pay for Southern’s funeral and the costs associated with returning his body to the UK.
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