Failed Diver’s Body Pulled From Waters Off Of Christiansted Tuesday
Dr. Guy “Doc Deep” Garman of St. Croix
CHRISTIANSTED – The dead body of Dr. Guy Garman was removed from the waterfront area in front of the V.I. Water and Power Authority in Estate Richmond this morning, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.
Officials from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources Marine Division pulled Garman’s body out of the water so that an autopsy can be performed to determine an official cause of death, several sources have confirmed.
DPNR will turn custody of Garman’s body over to the St. Croix Medical Examiner’s Office so that the autopsy can be performed, sources said.
Although Garman was surrounded by a team of 28 people – including his wife and son – and three boats for the Saturday morning dive, many dive experts have questioned the qualifications of “Doc Deep” to attempt a 1,200-foot dive.
And readers of the Virgin Islands Free Press online and on Facebook also said the death of Dr. Garman should be a cautionary tale for all future divers in the territory.
“I hope the the VI scuba teams learn from this and take precautions when attempting any diving goals,” Tysha Marie Edwards said from Atlanta. “They are not prepared to guide anyone on breaking world records. If they were, they would of known that the Doc was not experienced enough for this.”
Garman was tethered to a feed line and carrying seven air tanks and a 250-pound anchor weight when he failed to make his first scheduled underwater appearance to another diver this weekend. He was in the water about 38 minutes when he missed his checkpoint. Doc Deep has not been seen since.