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Tourist From Georgia Drowns In Trunk Bay on St. John; Second Person This Month

CRUZ BAY — A tourist from Georgia drowned while snorkeling in St. John on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

David Cohen, 56, of Atlanta was pronounced dead at Schneider Regional Medical Center at 6 p.m., about three hours after his body was pulled from the waters off Trunk Bay, a police source said.

The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau was notified at 5 p.m. of a drowning victim being taken from St. John to St. Thomas.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Cohen and his family visited St. John and the man started having breathing problems while snorkeling in Trunk Bay,

Cohen lost consciousness while he was being taken to shore. Once on shore, efforts to revive him failed and he died.

On October 2, cruise ship passenger Guoquiang Wang, 67, drowned while snorkeling in Trunk Bay.

The VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte supplied the Virgin Islands Free Press with a prepared statement about the Tuesday drowning at 12:06 p.m. on Friday.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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