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4-Year-Old Child Drowns While Mother Is Busy With Her Younger Child

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           Rainbow Beach in St. Croix

FREDERIKSTED – The fourth drowning death on St. Croix in less than 30 days was reported on Labor Day, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Rainbow Beach – located on the island’s West End – to investigate the report of a possible drowning, the VIPD said.

When police arrived at Rainbow Beach, members of St. Croix Rescue and the V.I. Fire Department were administering CPR to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

The child’s mother told police that the toddler had been playing in the water, unattended, while she was busy with a younger child when suddenly she saw a commotion and someone approached her saying that her child had drowned.

A worker for a nearby business told officers that he saw the body of a child floating in the water and he went to see if the child needed assistance, according to police.
As he reached the child, the man said he saw that the toddler was floating face down, was unresponsive and foaming from the mouth. He then immediately began to perform CPR until the rescue unit arrived.

The body of the toddler was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m.

On August 13, a man drowned at Cramer Park Beach and the next day a man drowned after jumping into the water off of the Frederiksted Pier. Dr. Guy Garman died in a diving accident underwater on August 15, but the St. Croix medical examiner has not released the cause of death through authorities if it has been officially determined.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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