63 Year Old Japanese Man Dies at GMH After Apparent Drowning at Ypao


Guam – A 63 year old Japanese tourists died at GMH Sunday afternoon after an apparent drowning in the waters off Ypao Beach Park.

GFD Lt. Ed Artero reports that the man was already on the beach when medics arrived. He was rushed to GMH and CPR was performed enroute.

GMH Nursing Supervisor Cely Mangrobang said the man died at 2:08pm Sunday afternoon.  Mangrobang described the man as a tourist who was listed only as a John Doe. She did not know his age or his nationality.

However, later in the afternoon,  Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves said he was Japanese and 63 years of age.

His death is the 8th water related fatality of the year on Guam. 

2014 Water Related Deaths:

1.  SATURDAY, January 4:  38 year Larry Lujan from drowning at Marbo Cave. Marbo Cave is a freshwater spring near Pagat, Mangilao. Lujan was recovered from the water inside the cave.  GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says the 911 call of a “drowning incident” came in at 4:40pm.  Lujan was transported to GMH, CPR in progress along the way. However GMH Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves tells PNC News that the man was pronounced dead at 5:32pm. Medical Examiner Dr. performed an autopsy on Tuesday and concluded he died from drowning.

2. SUNDAY, January 5: Guam Fire and Rescue divers recovered the body of a 19 year old Petty Officer 3rd Class Rjay Domondon just after 7am Monday morning, January 6. GFD Lt. Ed Artero says that GFD divers found the body at 7:08am. Domondon was found in about 30 feet of water, outside the reef in an area just off the coast of the Agat Cemetery. Domondon had gone out spear fishing with a friend Sunday, but they got separated. He was reported missing at 7:23pm Sunday. Domondon was an aviation electronics technician who was assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 which was involved in the search for him on Sunday night and Monday morning.  

3. THURSDAY, January 9: A man died this morning after his boat capsized while leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. This is the second fatal accident in the past month involving an overturned boat leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. In both cases, a High Surf Advisory was in effect when the vessel was departing. The Guam Fire Department reports that the boat overturned just before 8am. Two people were aboard. GFD Lt. Spokesman Ed Artero said that  1 person was rushed to Naval Hospital and CPR was being performed on that person en-route. Naval Hospital Spokeswoman Jennifer Zingalie confirmed that the man has since died. The second person was treated at the scene and later taken to GMH. Lt. Artero described his injuries as minor. 4.Friday, January 10: A male tourist pulled from water off  Ypao beach was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

4. FRIDAY, January 10:  A 47 year old Japanese tourist pulled from Tumon Bay at Ypao Park was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

5. THURSDAY, March 6:  A 74 year old Japanese woman died at GMH 2 days after being pulled from the waters of Tumon Bay behind the Reef Hotel in Tumon.     

6. SUNDAY, April 6: 24 year old Raymond Cabrera dove off a cliff into the water near Marbo Cave Snday afternoon. He did not surface. GFD, USCG and a Navy HSC-25 all launched a search effort. His body was recovered shortly after 8am Monday morning.  

7. THURSDAY, April 17: An 18 year old male was pulled from the waters off Tanguissen Beach. GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says that a  “reported drowning” was called into 911 at 4:01pm. That touched off an air and water search near the area known as “Lost Pond”.  The Navy’s HSC-25 helicopter team spotted the young man in the water and hoisted him up. He was flown to Naval Hospital. His body was then returned to GMH.

8. SUNDAY, APril 20: a male tourist is pronounced dead at GMH at 2:08pm following an apparent drowning in the waters off Ypao Beach Park.