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Grief-Stricken Son Of Failed Diver Blames Online Newspaper For His Father’s Death


Kip Garman courtesy St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures

CHRISTIANSTED – The family of the medical doctor who died attempting a world record deep dive on St. Croix has been having a difficult time coming to grips with the death of their family member more than a month after it occurred, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Kip Garman, the son of Guy Garman who apparently died while diving off of the North Shore of Christiansted on August 15, wrote to the Virgin Islands Free Press Monday afternoon to express his anguish over the family’s loss.

“I live with my fathers [sic] death every day of my life,” Kip Garman wrote on the VI Freep’s website at 4:31 p.m. September 21. “Not a day goes by that I do not feel immense pain.”

A popular St. Croix musician contacted the Virgin Islands Free Press about one week ago saying that “the family of Dr. Garman” is upset with the online newspaper’s coverage of Doc Deep’s death.

The publisher of the Virgin Islands Free Press again expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of Guy Garman at that time and explained that the online newspaper has not reported on the death since Doc Deep’s body was recovered by government officials August 20.

“You better tell the publisher to watch out, if you catch my drift,” the musician told an employee of the VI Freep.

The musician continued in a threatening manner saying that the online newspaper never should have reported that Ed Buckley, the owner of St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures who expedited Garman’s dive — had been drinking champagne mimosas on the Christiansted boardwalk one day after the doctor died. Doing so was “bullsh–,” he added.

A worker for the Virgin Islands Free Press explained to the unemployed man that it was another newspaper that had first published that information, and that Buckley himself admitted in a Facebook chatroom to drinking mimosas on the boardwalk after Garman’s death, but said at the time that he wasn’t enjoying himself while he was doing so.

“No one at the Virgin Islands Free Press ever played a role in Dr. Guy Garman’s life or death — and nothing has changed in that regard,” VI Freep publisher John McCarthy said. “While we have nothing but the deepest sympathy for the family in their continuing time of grief, it is our considered opinion that the people responsible for Dr. Garman’s death should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Kip Garman was not only on the fateful dive with his father, but he was at one time employed by St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures — which bills itself as the “No. 1 dive shop” on island, according to information on its website. Buckley’s company was charged with ensuring a safe dive for Garman.

“I appreciate everyone in the comments voicing their opinion of this absolute bullsh–,” Kip Garman wrote to the VI Freep yesterday. “I see why you work for such a half-bit piss poor gossip cite [sic] as this Mr. Mccarthy.”

Guy Garman last image

The last time Guy Garman was seen alive.

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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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