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Man Not Seen Since Saturday Found Floating In The Ocean Near His Empty Boat

Coral Bay view
Coral Bay in St. John

CORAL BAY – A vessel based in St. John that had been missing at sea since Sunday was discovered early Monday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center got the call at 6:30 a.m. Monday from the Coast Guard of Puerto Rico that the Rainbow Maker vessel had been found on the southern side of Coral Bay, the VIPD said.

Upon inspection of the vessel, it was discovered empty with no crew members on board, according to police. During a further inspection of the general area, the body of a white male was discovered floating in the water along the shoreline, police said.

The vessel is registered to Vince Barnett of Coral Bay Harbor, who was last reported seen by area residents on Saturday, November 14, 2015, according to police.

No obvious signs of foul play were discovered, police said. The matters remain under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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