Body of missing 18-year-old recovered from the ocean off Marbo Cave

(Photo courtesy Guam Fire Department)

The body of an 18-year-old teenage boy was recovered this morning from the ocean off the cliffline behind Marbo Cave in Mangilao.

A Guam Fire Department search and rescue team found him at 8:01 a.m., according to a statement from GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly.

GFD rescue swimmers located the body approximately 30 feet below the water, said Reilly.  He was recovered approximately 200 yards south of the “last seen” location off the cliff line behind Marbo Cave.

The teen was part of a group of five hikers who went to a popular spot in the area to jump from the cliff line into the ocean 25 feet below.

One of the teens went into the water and apparently got swept out to sea and was unable to swim back to shore.

The search for him was launched at 2:41 p.m. Saturday when the Guam Fire Department got a call about a distressed swimmer in the area.

Reilly said one of the bystanders tried to swim out to the teen but rough seas prevented a rescue.

When the GFD search and rescue team first arrived on the scene Saturday afternoon, witnesses directed them to the “last seen” location where divers launched an underwater search.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to assist and a team from the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 was dispatched from Andersen Air Force Base to join in the search as well.

The search was called off Saturday evening but resumed again at daybreak Sunday. Within a few hours,  GFD divers had located the body and brought it back to shore.

The boy’s name has not been released.

The Guam Police Department is conducting an investigation.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Guam Police Department’s Marine Patrol Division were activated to augment units as the search for the missing swimmer continued into Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Guam Fire Department)