USCG Searches for Missing Swimmer in Saipan


Guam –  U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam continued to lead a search and rescue operation on Saturday in Saipan for a swimmer who was reported missing at noon on Friday offshore of the Aqua Resort.
Upon notification of the missing swimmer on Friday, search and rescue case coordinators at Sector Guam contacted Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) to assist Saipan’s Department of Public Safety-Boating Safety Division in the search. HSC-25 and the Boating Safety Division conducted searches until sunset Friday and throughout the day Saturday.  Coast Guard Cutter Washington, a 110-foot Coast Guard patrol boat homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, arrived Saturday to support the search farther offshore along the western side of Saipan. Additional searches are planned for Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Guam on Saturday also coordinated the rescue of two hikers who were disoriented and dehydrated in the vicinity of Cetti Bay. A helicopter crew from HSC-25 hoisted the two hikers and transported them to the U.S. Naval Hospital for treatment.  Guam Fire Department Rescue Divisions One, Two and Three also assisted.

Also in Guam on Saturday, Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor and Guam Fire Department responded to a call for help from a boater three miles west of Agat Marina.  A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew from Station Apra Harbor located the disabled 19-foot Bayliner and towed the boat and two passengers back to safety in Agat Marina.   

The Coast Guard emphasizes the use of proper safety gear in the water at all times and urges the public to report all marine emergencies to the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary work with local agencies to promote boater and water safety in every community.