Skylar Mack is a white woman from Georgia, United States. She made headlines during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while she was in the Cayman Islands.
Mack is the daughter of professional jet ski racer Dennis Mack. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She was born in 2002.
- She is a resident of Loganville, Georgia.
- From 2015 to 2019, she attended Loganville High School in Loganville. In 2019, she enrolled at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she is studying biology.
- In July 2019, she was in the Cayman Islands to attend the Surf and Turf jet ski competition, which featured her father.
- While enrolled as a pre-med student at Mercer University, she was in a romantic relationship with professional ski jet racer Vanjae “VJ” Ramgeet of the Cayman Islands.
- From the U.S., she arrived in the Cayman Islands on November 27, 2020 to visit Ramgeet. Upon her arrival, she was required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine in Newlands along with a wristband used as an electronic tracking device and a government-issued mobile phone. She complained that the wristband was too tight so she was given a looser one.
- On November 29, 2020, she left her quarantine home in the Cayman Islands, removed her wristband and left it in the bathroom, left the phone in the kitchen and went to South Sound where a jet skiing competition featured Ramgeet. He won the competition but before they were able to celebrate, they were arrested by the police who were alerted by race attendees.
- Represented by Jonathan Hughes, she and Ramgeet pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with COVID-19-suppression regulations on December 4, 2020. Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez of the Summary Court ruled the two had to provide 40 hours of community service and pay a $2,600 fine but the prosecutors disagreed arguing that the punishments were too lenient.
- On December 13, 2020, she issued a public apology to the Cayman Islands. In a letter sent to Cayman Compass, she said, “I am aware that the Cayman islands Government has done nothing but dedicate extreme caution to combat the spread of COVID-19, for this the country and its citizens can be extremely proud; I made a mistake, and words cannot express how sorry I am for this.”
- On December 14, 2020, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the Summary Court sentence for her and Ramgeet before Justice Roger Chapple. On December 15, 2020, the judge decided that the two two should each serve a four-month prison sentence for breaching mandatory quarantine in the Cayman Islands. They started serving their sentences on the same day.
- While in jail in the Cayman Islands, she was allowed to call her family in Georgia everyday. Her grandmother Jeanne Mack told CNN, “She cries every time she calls home. She hasn’t been able to eat since they put her in prison.”
- Commenting about her imprisonment in the Cayman Islands, her father told CBS46, “We feel like we’re powerless and we’re kind of at the mercy of another country for one of our citizens, which is my daughter.”
- On December 22, 2020, an appeals court reduced her and Ramgeet’s prison sentences from four months each to two months each.