ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — A Venice man drowned off the coast of the Virgin Islands on Monday evening.

Nathaniel Outcalt, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene by St. John emergency medical technicians, according to a news release from the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.

“Police were told that Outcalt, who was on vacation, went snorkeling with his family,” according to the news release. “After a short period of snorkeling, a family member noticed Outcalt floating motionless in the water, swam out, and pulled him to shore. 911 was called as bystanders assisted with CPR until emergency response team arrived.”

According to his family, he was a preacher at the Osprey Church of Christ and enjoyed running, astronomy and traveling with his wife and three kids.

“Nat was a really fun guy,” said his sister-in-law, Sarah Dial. “He was super energetic and his thing was taking his family to national parks.”

She said he was social and active.

“He didn’t meet a stranger,” Dial said.

He had taken his family to 48 national parks and 49 of the 50 states — they hadn’t gotten to Hawaii yet. They were visiting a national park in the Virgin Islands when he went snorkeling toward the end of the day, Dial said.

“They’d had a really fun day at the park,” Dial said.

It is unclear what led to his drowning. His sons were on the beach and wife and daughter were waiting for him in a car when his sons realized he wasn’t responding to their calls.

A service is Saturday at the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Myers where his parents attend.

Outcalt is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, along with his children Andrew, Tabitha and Simon

“They are devastated but trusting in God,” Dial said. “They are comforted in His promises and each other.”


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