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Member of St. Thomas Trucking Family Dies at Magens Bay in Apparent Drowning


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A member of a family that owns a prominent St. Thomas trucking company died at Magens Bay beach on Wednesday, authorities said.

Ariel Ashby, 40, a project manager at A9 Trucking and Heavy Equipment Rental, was in the water at Magens Bay with his 12-year-old son when he began having difficulty swimming, the Virgin Islands Police Department said Thursday.

On Wednesday July 4 at about 5:35 p.m., 911 received a call stating that there was a possible drowning on Magens Bay beach.

A 12-year-old boy and his father were taking a swim, when the father started having trouble swimming.

The father started yelling for help, the boy went for help and upon returning with assistance the male adult was unresponsive floating upright.

The victim was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center by ambulance and subsequently pronounced dead by a medical attendant in the hospital.

The victim Ashby was identified by next of kin.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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