GFD finds swimmer ‘pulseless and breathless’; NWS warns of life-threatening rip tides

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A high surf advisory is now in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6:00 p.m. Monday. Along north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet.

At 5:45 p.m Saturday, Guam Fire Department units responded to a report of distressed swimmers over the reef at Gun Beach.

According to GFD, one female made it back to shore. However, the other female, estimated to be in her 20s, was located over the reef by lifeguards, “pulseless and breathless.”

Rescue 2 personnel pulled the victim and the lifeguards onto their boat and transported them to Hagatna Boat Basin at 6:09 p.m. with CPR being conducted on the victim.

The patient was transported to Naval Hospital Guam by medic personnel. The lifeguards were also examined and taken back to Gun Beach.

The female friend of the victim that made it to shore was taken to GRMC to be evaluated for exhaustion and minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor a circulation, now called Tropical Depression 17, that is expected to pass well northeast of Saipan tonight but the clouds and rain are west and southwest of the center, dragging heavy rain across the Marianas through Monday morning.

The following advisories remain in effect for the Marianas:

* A flash flood watch is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Monday afternoon, meaning conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Heavy rain is expected from the developing tropical disturbance. Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible through Monday morning. Dangerous flash flooding is possible.

* A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Tuesday night, meaning high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous conditions for swimmers and beach goers. Hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along west facing reefs and 8 to 10 feet along south facing reefs is expected.

* A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Tuesday night. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous rip currents are expected along south and west facing reefs. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting for help. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Rip currents are life threatening.

* A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters through Monday. West winds of 15 to 25 knots and combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise residents and visitors to avoid hazardous seas, especially south and west facing reefs and beaches, until conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.

Visit the following links for the latest information:
· NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
· NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
· GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
· GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

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