Guam – Search and rescue efforts continue this morning as responders struggle to find lost crab hunter Michael C. Guerrero.
“We’ve expanded our search to include north and south of the area [where] he went missing and [have been] working our way back to his last known position,” Guam Fire Dept. Spokesman Kevin Reilly said.
Reilly reports that 12 GFD rescuers, three family members/friends, four GPD Special Operations Division personnel, and seven affiliated volunteers combed the cliff line and shoreline in Malojloj searching for Guerrero yesterday and into the evening till 10:00 p.m. “The National Guard’s aviation unit also conducted aerial searches throughout the day,” he said. “However, no positive findings. The search continues today as we expand the search area.”
Forty-five-year-old Malojloj resident Michael Guerrero is the father of nine. Reilly reported yesterday that Guerrero had gone crab hunting with a couple of other men at around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.
All was reportedly fine until 10:00 o’clock that morning, when the men were heading back to the trailhead and the others noticed Guerrero was no longer with them. Guerrero’s friends returned to search for him for about six hours. Unable to find him, the remaining crab hunters finally called authorities at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’ve continued searching throughout the night,” Reilly told PNC on Thursday morning.
GFD had set up two command posts, one in the area where the men emerged and the other on the cliff. In addition to GFD, the U.S. Coast Guard, Air National Guard, and Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 have been contributing to search efforts.
Michael Guerrero’s brother, Tommy, told PNC on Thursday that his brother doesn’t hunt just for sport, that Michael is also a subsistence fisher and hunter and fishes and hunts to help feed his family of 11.
“He’s been going in and out of this trail like eight to nine times,” Tommy Guerrero said. “He’s one of those guys that likes to go fishing, his sports is hunting too and, you know, he’s been doing that for the rest of his life to feed his family.”
Tommy added: “I just hope and pray that they really find him. There are people down there searching for him and hopefully he’s down there.”