Guam – Rescuers are still searching for a 15-year-old boy who turned up missing from one of two remote weekend hikes in which separate parties of nine had to be searched out and brought to safety.
The identity of a missing high schooler has been confirmed, but PNC is withholding his name out of respect for his family’s wishes. The missing hiker was part of a hike in the San Carlos Falls area of Asan Village. Eight of the nine hikers, all minors, were rescued from that hike, and all nine were rescued from a separate Tarzan Falls mission, according to Guam Fire Dept. Spokesman Kevin Reilly.
“Guam Fire rescue units continue to search the area in and around where the missing hiker was last seen,” Reilly said. “Working in conjunction with the USCG [United States Coast Guard], the Guam Army National Guard has also joined in the search, providing helo[copter] support for aerial searches. Please advise the public that drones are prohibited in the area.
“GFD units have been searching since last night…GPD [Guam Police Department] Special Operations Division has joined GFD in the search…as well.”
Reilly said the Tarzan Falls hike included five adults and four minors, who were “unable to return to the trail head due to flash flooding and inclement weather.” He said the same conditions hampered the return of the San Carlos Falls hikers.
“Volunteers are still being prohibited due to inclement weather and rising river conditions due to heavy rainfall,” Reilly said this afternoon.
All nine hikers in the Tarzan Falls mission were rescued by 7:17 last night, with no injuries. Rescuers have set up camp near the San Carlos Falls search area, with emergency response vehicles parked in a lot with a sign reading “CAUTION: LANDSLIDE AHEAD”. This is a developing story.
Joycelynn Atalig, Allan Balbin, Jackie Balbin, and Janela Carrera contributed to this report.