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Finance Executive From Ohio Dies In Scuba Diving Accident (UPDATE)

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Barry Thiel of 13D Research

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 49-year-old finance executive from Ohio was found near death in the ocean Sunday in what published reports called a scuba diving accident.

Police said officers were dispatched to Veteran’s Drive at 11:51 a.m. December 6 on a report from Central Dispatch of an unresponsive man who was being transported by a vessel at sea.

The man was later identified as Barry Wayne Thiel of Cincinnati, Ohio. Thiel was taken to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and Medical Center where he never regained consciousness after suffering a severe heart attack, police and social media said.

Thiel was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. after receiving treatment at the hospital. According to LinkedIn, Thiel was the senior managing director at 13D Research in Smith Bay since 2007.

“We lost a man who had a rare blend of empathy for others, married with a keen analytic insight, a results-driven ability to make our township a much better place to live,” Kurt Feldmann told the Journal-News in Ohio. “He was a pretty modest guy who accomplished a lot of things in his life.”

13D Research LLC is an investment firm headquartered in Cinncinnati, Ohio with an office in St. Thomas. It was founded in 1983.

“Barry become associated with 13D in 2007, after an entrepreneurial career in the automotive and environmental industries,” the 13D website states.  “Barry’s areas of expertise include the ability to rapidly understand new business and industries, assess corporate strategy and managerial ability, a thorough knowledge of the global supply chain, innovation and disruption, and business models.”

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating the death of Thiel.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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