CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating whether a St. Thomas man was pushed or jumped into the waters off of the St. Thomas waterfront downtown and then died Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen that “a male jumped into the Charlotte Amalie waterfront” about 3:51 p.m. Monday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
“The male was taken out of the water and transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Despite efforts from medical personnel to revive the male, he was pronounced dead at around 4:48 p.m.”
The male’s identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin, according to Derima.
The plight of the possible drowning victim garnered much sympathy from the Virgin Islands public on social media.
“That’s sad I pass at that moment saw so many police and ambulance there I taught a car went over the waterfront at first…but then I saw the man on the ambulance stretcher I was hoping he was still alive,” Esmeralda Acosta said. “The sad thing about this is that my son said people were there and no one jump instead they took out their phones.”
Any persons having information regarding this incident area asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.
“Remember, if you see something, say something.”