San Diego Sakman Strikes Reef; All Crew Are Safe

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The 47 foot sakman was built by the Chelu group out of San Diego and shipped to Guam by Matson Navigation for FESTPAC back in February.

Guam – At around 10:30 this (Thurs) morning the Guam Fire Department responded to a Sakman or traditional CHamoru canoe that was stuck on the reef.

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 The 47 foot sakman was built by the Chelu group out of San Diego and shipped to Guam by Matson Navigation for FESTPAC back in February. According to GPD there were six people aboard when the canoe ran aground on the reef right outside of the boat basin channel in Hagatna. There were no injuries. The coast guard made the decision to standby until high tide before taking any action so as not to harm the reef. This (Thurs.) afternoon the tide had risen enough allowing rescue crews to assist with pulling the sakman off the reef.