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St. Thomas Water Sports Expert Glenn Higgins Dies of Apparent Drowning in Hull Bay

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was found unresponsive, face down in a swimming pool near Hull Bay, dead of an apparent drowning on Tuesday.

A neighbor of the dead man identified the victim as longtime St. Thomas resident Glenn Higgins.

The public became aware of the disturbance when two police cars and two ambulances raced towards Hull Bay Tuesday afternoon. They came back up the road later, without sirens.

Police reports said EMTs arrived on the scene after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The pool was reportedly at a shared property at Tropaco Point, the point of land separating Magens Bay from Hull Bay.

Higgins was the owner of Yak Shack Boat rentals the kayak and paddle board concession at Magens Bay.

He was known to be a strong swimmer, having been in the water sports industry since the early 1980’s.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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