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BVI Announces Bubbly Pool Closure Following Accident

The British Virgin Islands government has announced that the “bubbly pool” on Jost Van Dyke has been closed until further notice, following a tragic accident at the location on Saturday.

Jonathan Wheeler, a 34-year-old resident of St. Thomas, died at the scene trying to rescue a friend who fell off the surrounding rocks. Another friend, Doug Stewart, received severe injuries trying to rescue Wheeler.

The men were part of a group of 10 friends visiting the popular attraction. Huge waves along the rugged northern coastline swept Wheeler away after he rescued the friend, they said.

Stewart was transported home to St. Thomas where he is recovering from a fractured hip.

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The “bubbly pool” will remain closed until further notice, verified Kinta Donovan, BVI Tourist Board information officer.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Conservation and Fisheries Department advised the general public to avoid swimming in or near the “bubbly pool” located at Diamond Cay on Jost Van Dyke. The water is currently deemed “unsafe,” due to high surge or ground wells in the area.

A National Weather Service high surf advisory remains in effect for the Virgin Islands through Thursday with waves of 8 to 10 feet expected, producing rip tides and localized beach erosion.

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The British Virgin Islands government has announced that the “bubbly pool” on Jost Van Dyke has been closed until further notice, following a tragic accident at the location on Saturday.

Jonathan Wheeler, a 34-year-old resident of St. Thomas, died at the scene trying to rescue a friend who fell off the surrounding rocks. Another friend, Doug Stewart, received severe injuries trying to rescue Wheeler.

The men were part of a group of 10 friends visiting the popular attraction. Huge waves along the rugged northern coastline swept Wheeler away after he rescued the friend, they said.

Stewart was transported home to St. Thomas where he is recovering from a fractured hip.

The “bubbly pool” will remain closed until further notice, verified Kinta Donovan, BVI Tourist Board information officer.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Conservation and Fisheries Department advised the general public to avoid swimming in or near the “bubbly pool” located at Diamond Cay on Jost Van Dyke. The water is currently deemed “unsafe,” due to high surge or ground wells in the area.

A National Weather Service high surf advisory remains in effect for the Virgin Islands through Thursday with waves of 8 to 10 feet expected, producing rip tides and localized beach erosion.