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VIPD: Man Drowns While Snorkeling At Dorsch Beach

FREDERIKSTED — A man drowned Wednesday on St. Croix while snorkeling with a friend off of Dorsch Beach.

Charles Horne, 65, was pronounced dead at the Luis F. Hospital in Estate Diamond at 4:31 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Horne was snorkeling when his friend suddenly realized that he was motionless — and his snorkel had come off of his face in the water. 

“He immediately brought Mr.Horne to the shore yelled for assistance and started applying CPR among other individuals on the beachside,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “EMS staff arrived and also administered CPR.”

Horne’s next-of-kin were notified prior to the public release of the information, Dratte said.

“The emergency room attending physician on duty pronounced Mr. Horne dead at 4:31 p.m. (Wednesday),” the spokesman added.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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