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North Carolina Man Drowns At Buck Island Off Of St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A North Carolina man drowned off the southeastern coast of St. Thomas on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Matthew Brown, 62, was identified as the man who drowned off of Buck Island, St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

About 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the Major Crime Unit was notified about a possible drowning in the area of the Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, according to VIPD spokesman Toby Derima.

When police arrived on the scene, detectives observed people performing CPR on an unresponsive man.

The man, later identified as Brown, was taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas for further medical assistance.

While Brown was at the St. Thomas hospital, he died.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Brown likely died while snorkeling.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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