Two pulled from Tumon waters on New Year’s Day


Two individuals were pulled from the waters in Tumon on New Year’s Day.

Guam – Over the weekend two individuals were pulled out of the waters of Tumon by the unsung heroes who are known as beach safety officers and the Department of Parks and Recreation lifeguards who vigilantly patrol the area.

According to Visitor Safety Program Supervisor Paul Suba, both acts of heroism occurred on New Year’s Day.

The first took place in the waters behind the Dusit Thani. In this instance, BSO Joe Cruz and DPR lifeguard Mike Benito recovered an intoxicated man from the channel with a jet ski.

Suba says that the 30-year-old male was distraught and attempted to walk out into the channel, refusing to heed the lifeguard’s instruction to return to shore. According to Suba the individual was saved despite assaulting the lifeguard who was rescuing him.

The second incident occurred in the waters off of Ypao beach. Suba says that DPR lifegaurd Taka Diaz spotted a 59-year-old male individual almost 200 feet from shore. After spotting the distressed swimmer, Diaz swam out to rescue the man who is reportedly visiting from off island.

Midway to shore, a beach safety officer, identified as Fletcher Persinger, assisted in the rescue, helping the lifeguard bring the victim to shore. According to Suba, CPR was performed on the victim as he awaited transfer to the Guam Memorial Hospital.

Suba says that the man was placed in an induced coma yesterday to allow the draining of fluid from his lungs, adding that the man’s health is improving.

Suba urges the community to practice water safety as these two incidences could have potentially been the first tragedies of the new year.

While BSOs and lifeguards are always vigilant, Tumon Bay is a large strip of water to cover and Suba reminds all beachgoers to stay close to shore if you can not swim.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.