Guam – Coast Guard Sector Guam led a search and rescue operation this week for a swimmer who was reported missing at 1:30 P.M. on October 27 over the reef off Tank Beach, Saipan. Active searching was suspended late Friday, pending further developments in the case.
Upon notification on Wednesday, search and rescue case coordinators at Sector Guam immediately contacted Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene 4 hours after the initial call and searched until sunset.
Coast Guard Cutter Washington, a 110-foot Coast Guard patrol boat homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, was diverted to the scene and arrived overnight to deploy a Self Locating Datum Marker Buoy to track sea conditions at the scene in the hopes of establishing a more accurate search area.
HSC-25 and CGC Washington conducted a first light search on the morning of October 28, searching throughout the day. CGC Washington remained on scene October 29 to continue the search.
The Coast Guard emphasizes the use of proper safety gear in the water at all times and urges the public to report marine emergencies to the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary work with local agencies to promote boater and water safety in every community.