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Police Identify Female Tourist Who Died In The Water Near The Annaly Tide Pools

CANE BAY — Virgin Islands Police confirmed the identify the visiting woman who died on St. Croix’s north shore on Tuesday.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a missing swimmer in Annaly Bay near the Tide Pools at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, the VIPD said.

The preliminary investigation revealed a female tourist was knocked off the rocks by waves and pulled out to sea, according to the VIPD

“A few minutes later, the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of an unresponsive female floating at sea in Annaly Bay. Police officers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and enforcement officers from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning & Natural Resources located, identified and recovered the body of the missing swimmer,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Detectives processed the body which was then turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office.”

UPDATE: Derima confirmed to the Virgin Islands Free Press on September 13 that the woman who died at the tide pools in Annaly Bay was Gail Jackson, age unknown.

This case is currently under active investigation.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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