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2nd Drowning In Two Days On St. Croix, This Time in Frederiksted

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FREDERIKSTED – For the second time in two days, someone has apparently drowned on St. Croix, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were notified by the 911 Emergency Call Center about 6:45 p.m. Thursday and officers were dispatched to the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility to investigate a report of a man having drowned the VIPD said.

A friend of the drowned man told police that the two of them had jumped off of the Frederiksted pier into the water, as he surfaced he heard his friend gasping for help.  As he tried to assist his friend, the man began to panic and started pulling him down into the water as well. The young man managed to get to the ladder of the dock and began calling out for help from a group of divers that were packing up their gear after a dive.

Hearing the plea for assistance, the group donned their gear and dove into the waters, located the distressed man and brought him to the surface. Members of the VIPD, Virgin Islands Fire Service and St. Croix Rescue took turns administering CPR to the man, but to no avail.

The victim’s body was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance, where medics made several unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him. He was officially pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m.

The identity of the dead man has been embargoed until police can notify his next of kin.

On Wednesday night about 6:35 p.m., a middle-aged black man was found dead on the beach at Cramer Park on the East End of St. Croix – an apparent drowning victim. Two friends were nearby at the time of the drowning but unaware that the man was in distress.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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