Marine Corps officials have identified the U.S. Marine who went missing while swimming near Tumon Bay last weekend.
Guam- Authorities named the missing 20 year-old as Private First Class Joshua J. Stewart, of Sutter Creek, California was on liberty in Guam when he and four friends went for a swim. While the four others returned to shore, Stewart has yet to return. Stewart is part of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Okinawa Japan. The Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard are continuing to work together with local authorities along with Guam Fire and Rescue as the search continues. Aerial and Surface teams are helping in the search as teams comb the area for the Missing Marine.
PNC visited the location where people first heard the call for help in finding Stewart. John Acfalle, a local business owner of recreational water equipment, says he heard that there was a call for help so he quickly took his jet ski into the water to search for the missing person. He shared that they rode from one end of the bay to the other in search of the missing person until the authorities arrived but found no sign of the missing man. Acfalle added that his staff is certified for water safety and are quick to take responsibility when a need for help is mentioned. He also stated that they try to keep beach goers aware of the floating red safety marks that they should not pass in order not to get swept up in unfamiliar currents.
If you have any information regarding the search for Joshua Stewart, please contact the local authorities.