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St. Thomas Trucking Company Fishes Lexus Out Of The Drink On The Charlotte Amalie Waterfront In Rock City


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Tuesday December 6, 2016, at about 9:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the waterfront on Veterans Drive after a receiving a report that a car was submerged in the ocean there.

Police met with a man who said that he was the only passenger in the car, a 2001 Lexus S300/L when it somehow went off the legal roadway in St. Thomas into the water.

The man told police he needed help getting his personal belongings out of the car that had inexplicably douched itself into the water — seen by millions of cruise ship passengers every year.

The V.I.  Port Authority, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and VIPD divers assisted in the recovery, according to the VIPD.

The vehicle was recovered and towed by Sherwayne Wrecker Service and the vehicle was towed to an unknown location the driver was taken to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital by officers Hospital for treatment.

For an audio-only reading of this news story by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte please press play below:


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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