Baby Rescued After Reported “Near Drowning,” Released from GMH

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Guam – U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Wade Thomson confirms that a baby was rescued from the waters near the Agat Marina this morning

Thomson says initial reports say the baby is a 15-month old girl.  Rescuers were called off-shore and brought the baby to the Agat Marina.

The baby was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital where she was treated in the Emergency Department and then discharged.

A release from the U.S. Coast Guard which conducted the search states that following:

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday of a possible drowning in the vicinity of Anae Island, Guam.  The captain of the dive tour boat Margarita reported the situation to the Coast Guard’s 24-hour command center in Apra Harbor on VHF radio.

Several small boats from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor were conducting training exercises in the immediate area and were able to quickly respond to the vessel’s distress call.  

Coast Guard Emergency Medical Technicians aboard the Station Apra Harbor small boat responded to the Margarita and evaluated the patient, a fifteen-month-old girl. She was found to be breathing and have a pulse, then was transported by Coast Guard small boat with her parents to Agat Marina, where they were met by an ambulance operated by the Guam Fire Department.  The child was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital where she was examined and released.

“This rescue is a testament to the quick response of the personnel on the dive boat, early notification of Coast Guard resources, and close interaction with Guam emergency services,” said Petty Officer Michael Munoz, a Search and Rescue Controller at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam.   

The Coast Guard reminds mariners of the importance of swimming with a buddy, close supervision of children, and early notifications for missing persons in the ocean.  For maritime emergencies, call the Coast Guard 24 hours a day at (671) 564-USCG or 911. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary work with local agencies to promote boater and water safety in every community.