St Thomas Rescue responded to two significant incidents on Thanksgiving Day, the V.I. Police Department reported Thursday.
At 11:18 a.m., both St Thomas Rescue and the Virgin Islands Fire Emergency Medical Service (FEMS) were dispatched to a reported drowning in the area of the beach at the Mariott Frenchman’s Cove, according to the police report.
Upon arrival, an unresponsive male was rescued from the water and treated by both Rescue and FEMS EMTs/Paramedics, the report stated.
The male, from Connecticut, was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, police said.
At 1:57 p.m., a St Thomas Rescue unit traveling in the area of Nisky Center observed the immediate aftermath of a road traffic collision, according to the police report.
An officer from St Thomas Rescue assessed the patient and immediately began lifesaving measures. Another rescue officer in the immediate vicinity arrived in under a minute carrying medical equipment and began additional lifesaving measures, the report stated.
The female patient was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, the police said.
Public Information Officer Chris Watson said: “Our community is hurting from these events on what is traditionally a day filled with love and kindness. We are proud of our members who act selflessly for others in our community, many of whom remain on call 24/7, 365 days a year. While the outcome of both incidents are tragic, we are proud of both agencies who work together seamlessly when the community needs us. In particular, the initial responding officer’s immediate lifesaving measures are testament to his years of dedication and training within St Thomas Rescue. Responding to around 1,000 calls annually, our agency remains committed more than ever to being able to rapidly respond to medical, technical, and disaster-related incidents.”