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Tourists Among The 22 Injured After Boats Collide Near La Parguera Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico authorities say more than 20 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in a boat crash off the island’s southwest coast.

The collision took place Tuesday night near the tourist town of La Parguera, a popular weekend boating destination.

A police statement Wednesday says a private vessel crashed into a commercial boat that carries both locals and tourists to visit cays and go snorkeling. Two people on the first boat and 20 on the second were hurt.

Further details were not immediately available. A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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