Drowning victim identified as Paul Jose

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The man died from asphyxia, according to Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola.

Guam – A man who was pulled from the waters of Tanguisson Beach on Christmas day died from asphyxia due to drowning.

On Christmas day, just before 2:30 in the afternoon, the Guam Fire Department responded to a call of a distressed swimmer at Tanguisson Beach.

According to GFD Spokesperson Cherika Chargualaf, the 23-year-old man’s lifeless body was pulled from the waters and bystanders performed CPR along with GFD rescue personnel. However, signs of death were observed.

“MedControl was contacted and advised to cease resuscitation efforts,” said Chargaulaf, adding that the man was taken to the Guam Memorial Hospital.

According to Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola, the victim, identified as Paul Jose, died as a result of asphyxia due to drowning.

His death marks the 13th water related fatality of the year.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.