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Failed Diver’s Body Pulled From Waters Off Of Christiansted Tuesday

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  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.

http://scubatechphilippines.com/scuba_blog/guy-garman-world-depth-record-fatal-dive/

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/doc-deep-guy-garman-dies-in-attempt-to-break-world-record-scuba-dive-20150817-gj1ebb.html

 

 

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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