Guam – A distressed swimmer off Tanguisson Beach was safely recovered Sunday evening by Matapang Beach lifeguards.
Shortly after 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Guam Fire Rescue (GFR) 911 dispatch received a report of a male swimmer who was dragged outside the reef by the current. According to the report, the swimmer appeared to be tiring after making several unsuccessful attempts to cross the reefline back to shore through the high surf.
GFR units Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 immediately responded to the scene and notified U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, who recalled crews from Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) and Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor to respond. Concerns about the high surf and rapidly approaching darkness added to the urgency of the response.
The first responders on scene were Matapang Beach lifeguards, who were able to navigate the channel within the reef riding personal watercraft. The lifeguards located the swimmer in distress and pulled him to safety. GFR rescue units then escorted the swimmer to shore.
The Coast Guard urges swimmers to stick with a buddy, carefully evaluate the sea conditions, and notify someone on shore about planned activities before entering the water.
Mariners are asked to make early contact with emergency officials and report all marine emergencies to the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG.