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POLICE REPORT: Sherita Maxine Carty Drowns At Magen’s Bay Beach



DROWNED: Sherita Maxine Carty

CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  A 25-year-old St. Thomas woman reportedly drowned at Magen’s Bay beach on Thursday afternoon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Thursday September 8, 2016 at about 5:07 p.m., Police Officers were dispatched by the 911 emergency call centers to Magen’s Bay beach in reference to a woman drowning.

Upon arrival, bystanders stated that a woman was snorkeling and was found out at sea floating face down.

A lifeguard on the scene as well as bystanders performed numerous rounds of chest compressions before EMT and Rescue Personnel arrived on the scene but they were unsuccessful.

The woman was transported by ambulance to the Schneider Regional Medical Center, where they continued numerous attempts of CPR but the Victim 25-year-old Sherita Maxine Carty was lifeless and pronounced dead by medical staff.

Carty’s family has established a Go Fund Me page to help defray the costs of burial, to donate go to 


   Magen’s Bay beach in St. Thomas

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  1. warren
    September 9, 2016 at 8:39 PM — Reply

    That is soo sad,becareful people when you either diving or simply snorkeling and it’s always best to have someone there close enough just in case of an accident,help can be more swift and effective!?

    • Cj
      September 10, 2016 at 6:50 AM — Reply

      I always take a blow up vest or a noodle when I snorkel u can get in a strong currant or cramp or anything can happen even if u are a strong swimmer this is so sad a beautiful young lady just starting her life

  2. Clement carty
    September 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM — Reply

    I wonder if she is my family!! R.I.P

  3. September 12, 2016 at 2:35 AM — Reply

    Condolences to the Carty families ma she RIP

  4. Blanche Hodge
    September 12, 2016 at 3:52 AM — Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this, so young, RIP.

  5. Ray Roberson
    September 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM — Reply

    My condolences to the family
    May she RIP

  6. Simone
    December 6, 2016 at 1:17 PM — Reply

    Omg my friiiiieeennddd :((((( this is so sad

  7. Neko
    June 5, 2017 at 12:39 PM — Reply

    I had the pleasure of having her as my daughter while she lived in Texas she became apart of my family I cannot believe my daughter is gone but I know for sure god has a beautiful angel by his side in heaven and now she can watch over her son and everyone RIP my love momma Neko

  8. Paula
    August 9, 2017 at 10:39 AM — Reply

    I miss I so much,,words can’t even describe what u mean to me,,,I’m glad that I had the chance to visit with u in ST.THOMAS,,during CARNIVAL,,,I love u and may u rest in peace,,,WATCH OVER US ALL!!!

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