V.I. National Park Marks Two Deaths In One Week


Two men died in separate incidents last week in V.I. National Park area.

John Husted, 55, died while snorkeling off Whistling Cay on Sunday, March 24, according to a report in the St. John Source.

Husted, identified as an Ohio resident who was vacationing on St. John, and a friend kayaked to Whistling Cay and were snorkeling in “very rough” conditions, according to the St. John Source report.

A passing ferry, which launched its dinghy, VINP Rangers, St. John Rescue members and U.S. Coast Guard officials all responded to the call for help, according to the report.

Husted was transported from the Whistling Cay area to Maho Bay beach in a VINP vessel which was met by a St. John EMS Ambulance, according to the St. John Source report.

In a second death in VINP last week, 32-year-old Richard Tetrick died Wednesday evening, March 27, after his soft top Jeep went off the road near the Caneel Bay overlook.

The sound of sirens filled the air around 6:30 as St. John Rescue, V.I. Police Department officers, St. John EMS and VINP officials responded to the one car accident.

Tetrick, who was recently arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card, was ejected from the vehicle when it reportedly flew off North Shore Road and landed about 30 feet below.

No one else was in the vehicle and no other injuries were reported. The incident is still under investigation, according to VINP officials.