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Dec. 28, 2001 – A woman believed to be vacationing on St. Croix apparently drowned Thursday in the water off Hotel on the Cay in Christiansted Harbor.
At 1:38 p.m., the unidentified woman's body was pulled from the water by crew members of the St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures dive boat, which was heading out for an afternoon dive. Ed Buckley, co-owner of the SCUBA excursion business, told police that as he was taking the boat through the Water and Power Authority ship channel near the hotel, he saw what he thought was a snorkeler. As the boat got closer, however, he said, it was apparent the person in the water was not moving or using a mask and snorkel.
Crew members jumped into the water to retrieve the woman, who was clad in a black Lycra skinsuit and dive fins. Efforts to revive her began on the boat as Buckley called his wife at SCUBA's downtown Christiansted shop, and she in turn called 911. Within minutes, Buckley got the boat back to the Christiansted Boardwalk, where resuscitation efforts continued until an ambulance arrived.
A passenger on the dive boat said that the woman’s face was "blue" when she was pulled from the water and that she was unresponsive to the rescue efforts.
Hotel on the Cay staff members went to the boardwalk in an effort to determine if the victim, a Caucasian who appeared to be in her late 30s to early 50s, was a guest. Whether that was the case was not immediately clear.

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