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VIPD: Wisconsin Man Daniel Reardon Dies While Snorkeling Off Of Hotel On The Cay On St. Croix

HOTEL ON THE CAY: Daniel Reardon of Wisconsin died in front of his family while snorkeling on vacation on Protestant Cay on St. Croix.

CHRISTIANSTED — A Wisconsin man drowned on the east side of Protestant Cay on Wednesday while he was snorkeling with his family, according to police.

Daniel Reardon, 54, died in the waters off of Hotel on the Cay on St. Croix after being swept away by a rip current, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.
Reardon “was snorkeling with his family — all of whom were carried into the deep by the strong current — but Reardon did not make it back to shore,” according to the VIPD.
Beachgoers in the area used jet skis and a boat in unsuccessful attempts to try to rescue Reardon.

Reardon worked as a Vice-President/Team Leader at Acosta Sales & Marketing in Waukesha, Wisc.

“He was a good guy and a real family man,” said Chris Ament, of Wauwatosa, a friend who graduated from Marquette University High School with Reardon in 1984.

“Until a couple of years ago, he would get us all together for an alumni basketball game.”

On April 19, 2017, at approximately 10: .m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call in reference to a drowning.

Police and EMT personal responded and interviewed the family members on the beach area ,who stated that a current swept them away while snorkeling.

Reardon was transported by ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital, where he was immediately pronounced dead.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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