‘Our hearts break with the Eda family’

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The 18-year-old teen whose body was pulled from the ocean off Marbo Cave Sunday has been identified as Ryo Eda.

“The Eda family has lost their son Ryo in a hiking/swimming accident,” states a post on a GoFundMe account created Sunday in Eda’s name.

“Our hearts break with the Eda family for the loss of Ryo. He was a kind, smart, wonderful young man. Son, brother, friend, your presence will be missed in this world,” states the GoFundMe post. “These uncertain times compound the hardship of an unexpected funeral, adding stress to an already stressful situation. Any amount is greatly appreciated.”

Eda was a 2020 graduate of Harvest Christian Academy.

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“Our hearts are hurting today over the unexpected passing of Ryo Eda, one of our 2020 HCA graduates,” states a tribute posted on the school’s Facebook page. “Please join us in praying for his family and friends as they grieve the loss of a beloved son, brother, and friend.”

Ryo Eda with his family upon graduation from Harvest Christian Academy. (Photo from GoFundMe account post)

Eda’s body was recovered Sunday morning at 8:01 a.m. from the ocean off the cliff line behind Marbo Cave in Mangilao.

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.

GFD rescue swimmers found his submerged body about 30 feet below the water and 200 yards south of the “last seen” location off the cliff line behind Marbo Cave.

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.

GFD spokesman Kevin 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 Guam Police Department is conducting an investigation.

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