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Long-Time St. Thomas Resident Walter Murphy Dies In Diving Accident Off Of Water Island

Barbara and Warren Murphy of "Red Solo Cup". accept 6th place in the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) competition. 28th Annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cookoff. Brewers Bay Beach. St. Thomas, USVI. 19 August 2012. © Aisha-Zakiya Boyd

   Walter Murphy

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 65-year-old man drowned on a diving excursion with relatives at Water Island Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 11:08 a.m. Friday that a drowning had occurred near Water Island.

Police arrived at the U.S. Coast Guard dock, where they found the unresponsive remains of Walter Thomas Murphy, a long-time resident of St. Thomas. He was listed in the police report as DOA.

According to statements rendered to the officers, Murphy went on a diving excursion with visiting relatives, when he experienced difficulties during the dive, causing him to drown.

No further information was available about Murphy’s death.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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