VIDEO: 1 Dead After Yet Another Boat Overturns Leaving Hagatna Boat Basin During a High Surf Advisory

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Guam – A man died this morning after his boat capsized while leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin.

This is the second fatal accident in the past month involving an overturned boat leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. In both cases, a High Surf Advisory was in effect when the vessel was departing.

The Guam Fire Department reports that the 22 foot fishing vessel overturned about 7:30am. Two men were aboard.  GFD Lt. Spokesman Ed Artero said that 1 man  was rushed to Naval Hospital and CPR was being performed on that person en-route. Naval Hospital Spokeswoman Jennifer Zingalie confirmed that the man has since died.

Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia says the 43 year old man was pronounced dead at 8:16am. He was a resident of Rota. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family. In addition, he says, the Guam Police Department’s Harbor Unit is conducting an investigation into this incident.

The second person was treated at the scene and later taken to GMH. Lt. Artero described his injuries as minor.

On the K-57 Breakfast Show this morning, Port General Manager Joanne Brown said the boat was en-route to Rota when it capsized. She joined the Coast Guard and Guam Fire this morning at the Boat Basin to investigate the tragedy.

This is the third water related death of the year on Guam.

A High Surf Advisory has been in effect since yesterday afternoon and remains in effect until 4pm this afternoon.

READ the NWS High Surf Advisory HERE

   

READ the release from Officer A.J. Balajadia below:

GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

HAGATNA – 7:26AM, Thursday, January 09, 2014, a capsized boat was reported at the Hagatna Marina.  Two male adults were on board the boat when
it capsized.  One of the males(Chamorro/43-yrs./Rota) was transported to Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:16am.

His name is not being released pending notification of family.

The Guam Police Departments Harbor Unit is conducting an investigation into this incident.

A J. Balajadia
Guam Police Department Spokesperson

2014 Water Releated Deaths:

1.  SATURDAY, January 4:  38 year Larry Lujan from drowning at Marbo Cave. Marbo Cave is a freshwater spring near Pagat, Mangilao. Lujan was recovered from the water inside the cave.  GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says the 911 call of a “drowning incident” came in at 4:40pm.  Lujan was transported to GMH, CPR in progress along the way. However GMH Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves tells PNC News that the man was pronounced dead at 5:32pm. Medical Examiner Dr.

2. SUNDAY, Janaury 5: Guam Fire and Rescue divers recovered the body of a 19 year old Petty Officer 3rd Class Rjay Domondon just after 7am Monday morning, January 6. GFD Lt. Ed Artero says that GFD divers found the body at 7:08am. Domondon was found in about 30 feet of water, outside the reef in an area just off the coast of the Agat Cemetery. Domondon had gone out spear fishing with a friend Sunday, but they got separated. He was reported missing at 7:23pm Sunday. Domondon was an aviation electronics technician who was assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 which was involved in the search for him on Sunday night and Monday morning.  

3. THURSDAY, January 9: A man died this morning after his boat capsized while leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. This is the second fatal accident in the past month involving an overturned boat leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. In both cases, a High Surf Advisory was in effect when the vessel was departing. The Guam Fire Department reports that the boat overturned just before 8am. Two people were aboard. GFD Lt. Spokesman Ed Artero said that  1 person was rushed to Naval Hospital and CPR was being performed on that person en-route. Naval Hospital Spokeswoman Jennifer Zingalie confirmed that the man has since died. The second person was treated at the scene and later taken to GMH. Lt. Artero described his injuries as minor.