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67-Year-Old California Woman Dies After Scuba Diving Excursion At Salt River

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 67-year-old California woman died after scuba diving near the Columbus Landing Site in St. Croix on Monday morning, according to police.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call at 11:29 a.m. on Monday asking that an ambulance be sent for an unresponsive woman who had been scuba diving.

A second notification was received by the Call Center from the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center at 1:12 p.m. requesting police assistance because Kathleen Wright of California, the scuba diver, had died at the hospital.

Preliminary information gathered by police indicated that Wright was on a scuba diving excursion at Salt River with her husband and a friend.

When Wright surfaced after the dive, she said that she was having trouble breathing. She then collapsed and fell into unconsciousness.

CPR was given to Wright at the scene while a call was put in to 911. She was officially pronounced dead at the Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center.

Police said that the death is under active investigation.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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