Update: 2nd night in search of 15 year old missing hiker

    Rescue vehicles line a search encampment near the Carlos Falls area of Guam. Photo by Allan Balbin, Chief Photographer, Pacific News Center.

    Guam – It has been well over 24 hours since rescue units from the Guam Fire Department responded to simultaneous search and rescue missions at two separate locations and one hiker remains missing in the San Carlo Falls area.

    As of 5:45 this evening, GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly reports that both GFD rescue units and members of the Guam Police Department’s Special Operations Division have returned from canvassing San Carlos Falls and the surrounding area through Leo Palace in search of the missing teen, to no avail, making this the mission’s second night. A little after 6pm yesterday night GFD search and rescue units were dispatched to two separate locations, Tarzan Falls and San Carlos Falls due to flash flooding an inclement weather conditions. By 7:17 pm last night  all 9 distressed hikers were rescued from Tarzan Falls, 4 adults and 5 minors were brought to safety with no injuries reported. A few hours later, at 10:45 pm, 8 hikers from the San Carlos incident were found and rescued, leaving a lone 15 year old male hiker who was separated from the group, unaccounted for.

    GFD and GPD units eventually teamed up with the US Coastguard and Guam Army National Guard forces who initiated an aerial search of the area via helicopter this afternoon, efforts that rendered unsuccessful. GFD Spokesman Reilly has reassured the community that the search will continue throughout the night and into the morning, until the boy is found. He also reminds the public that drones are banned from the area and community volunteers are also prohibited from assisting with the search, due to safety concerns in light of hazardous weather conditions in the area. This is a developing story.