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DROWNED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: California Tourist Gets Swept Up In Rip Tide And Drowns In Puerto Rico


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Authorities in Puerto Rico say a 31-year-old tourist from California has drowned along the island’s north coast.

Police on Monday said Hubert Chim was taking pictures of himself on top of a rock when a wave swept him away.

They said he died Sunday afternoon at La Poza de Las Mujeres beach in the town of Manati.

Chim lived in Los Angeles, according to his social media accounts.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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