Guam – U.S. Coast Guard Specialist Lee Putnam confirms that the Navy has notified the Coast Guard that a drowning occurred Saturday morning, after daybreak, at Haputo Beach .
Haputo beach is located on the island’s northwest shore, off the Naval Communications Station [NCTAMS] in Finegayan. It is on Naval property.
Putnam said that the Coast Guard was notified, but was not directly involved in any search or rescue effort. He said that the Navy and Guam Fire were involved.
Guam Fire Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says that the Navy’s Fire/EMS unit was the lead responder. Guam Fire dispatched Rescue 1 to assist, he said. And he said that by the time Rescue 1 arrived, the victim was already out of the water.
Navy Spokesperson Coleen San Nicolas-Perez confirms that a sailor has died, but she would not confirm it was a drowning. The body of the sailor was taken to Naval Hospital.
San Nicolas-Perez declined to provide details until after next of kin have been notified. She added that the incident is under investigation.