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Danish Woman, 26, Drowns In Ocean Waters Off Of Cotton Valley Shores This Morning


CHRISTIANSTED — A 26-year-old woman from Denmark drowned this morning on the East End of St. Croix.

Police were dispatched to Cotton Valley Shores after the 911 Emergency Call Center got a report of a drowning at 10:53 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Police said that the woman was staying with friends in the Cotton Valley area.

The landlord of the property noticed the woman floating in ocean water about eight-feet deep and brought her in to shore, the VIPD said.

The man performed CPR on her for about 20 minutes.

The Virgin Islands Fire Service, VIPD  and EMT personnel responded immediately as well.

The woman was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance and where she was officially pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m.

For an audio reading of the police account of this news story read by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte please press play below:

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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