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St. John Man Drowns at Solomon Bay

A St. John man, 24, drowned Friday at V.I. National Park’s Solomon Bay while free diving with his twin brother, park Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson said Saturday.

“One ended up on the bottom,” Anderson said, noting that the water was about 25 to 40 feet deep.

The two men were swimming when they decided to dive down. Anderson said they were not using masks, snorkel, and fins.

A park lifeguard did CPR, but could not revive the man.

“They tried everything they could do,” Anderson said.

He said the twin who survived also required treatment.

Anderson added the two hailed from New Bern, N.C., and had been on St. John about a year. He said they both worked in restaurants.

Their names are not being released while the park sorts out the details of what happened.

Anderson said in addition to park staff, St. John Rescue, Emergency Medical Service, the Police Department, private boats from Lovango Cay, and Low Key Watersports responded.

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