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Memorial Set For Saturday For One Of Those Killed In Boating Accident At Crown Bay Marina

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KILLED SUNDAY: Giorgio Bertrand

WATER ISLAND – The two people killed in a boating accident at Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas on Sunday night have been identified as Giorgio Bertrand and Lydia Lima, according to social media.

Additionally, there is a memorial service “celebrate the life” of Bertrand to be held at Dinghy’s Bar & Grill on Honeymoon Beach, Water Island from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday November 21, a Facebook post said.

Bertrand and Lima were on a dinghy with three other passengers headed from Water Island to Crown Bay Marina when the boat they were on crashed into a mooring dolphin, according to police.

Bertrand and Lima were thrown from the boat and drowned, according to police and published reports.

The other three passengers were injured and transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to be treated for serious, but non-threatening injuries, police said.

The other three victims sustained cuts on their bodies when the dinghy hit a brightly-lit, free-standing concrete piling, witnesses said.

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Food cart for Dinghy’s Bar & Grill on Honeymoon Beach in Water Island

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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