Guam – Coast Guard Sector Guam received a call Thursday night from Saipan Emergency Management Office of a missing person in the water off the eastern coast of Rota, near Alaguan Bay.
Rota Emergency Management Office confirmed that a diver went missing during a dive, and a Rota Department of Public Safety small boat responded. Coast Guard Sector Guam dispatched the Coast Guard Cutter Washington, homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, and requested assistance from Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-25.
HSC-25 arrived on scene and, with guidance from Rota DPS, located the missing diver who was clinging to rocks. The helicopter crew hoisted and transported the diver to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. The diver was treated in Naval Base Guam decompression chamber then released to the hospital.
The Coast Guard reminds mariners of the importance of having a buddy when in the ocean, and early notifications for missing persons at sea. For maritime emergencies, call the Coast Guard 24 hours a day at (671) 564-USCG or 911.