Guam – A 50 year old man pulled from the waters off the Hagatna Boat Basin this morning was pronounced dead on arrival at Naval Hospital.
He is the 10th water related death of the year on island. [see list below].
Guam Police Spokesman Officers A.J. Balajadia reports that the man was with 2 other men in a small fishing boat that was motoring out of the Boat Basin when the boat was struck by a large wave and capsized about 11am [ GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says the 911 call came in at 11:12am].
“Three male individuals were attempting to exit the mouth of the basin in a Livingston double hulled boat, when the boat was struck by a large wave,” said Officer Balajadia. The wave caused “the boat to be flipped backwards tossing all three occupants into the water,” he said
None of the 3 men had a life preserver on.
Two of the men were picked up by a nearby para-sailor who did not realize there was a third man in the water. Guam Fire and Rescue units were conducting a training exercise nearby and soon found the third man lying “face down ,unresponsive and lifeless in the water,” said Officer Balajadia.
The man was rushed to Naval Hospital [NRMC], “resuscitation attempts were underway while en-route to Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said Officer Balajadia. He is described as a 50 year old male Chamorro. His name is not being released until his family has been notified.
GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says one of the 2 surviving fishermen also received treatment at the scene and he was taken to GMH. Lt. Artero did not know the nature of his injury or condition. A third man was offered treatment for exhaustion but refused.
A High Surf Advisory has been in effect since Tuesday and remains in effect until 6pm Saturday.
Separately, Guam Fire Lt. Ed Artero reports that by-standers pulled a man from Tumon Bay this morning.
It happened in Tumon between the Outrigger and Nana’s Cafe.
Lt. Artero said that he is an adult male tourist. The 911 call came in about 11:12am reported a “drowning incident @Tumon bay.”
When GFD rescue units arrived, Lt. Artero said the man was “unconscious and unresponsive.” CPR was immediately started and it continued as the man was rushed to GMH.
Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia reports that the man was in critical condition as of 3pm Friday afternoon.
READ the release from Officer Balajadia below:
HAGATNA – On 12/20/13 at about 11:00 am Officers from Hagatna Precinct Command responded to the Hagatna Boat Basin in reference to an injured person as a result from a capsized boat.
Three male individuals were attempting to exit the mouth of the basin in a Livingston double hulled boat, when the boat was struck by a large wave causing the boat to be flipped backwards tossing all three occupants into the water. None of the three occupants were utilizing any type of personal flotation devices at the time. Two of the occupants were pulled from the water by a member of the para sailing community, not realizing that a third person was unaccounted for. Fire rescue and marine patrol arrived shortly. Fire Rescue located the victim face down unresponsive and lifeless in the water. Resuscitation attempts were underway while en-route to Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is not being release pending notification of next of kin. He’s described as being male,chamorro,50-year-old.
One male was transported to GMH and is responsive, the other male was not injured.
Water related fatalities in 2013
1. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18: A 25-year old man was pronounced dead at Naval Hospital Monday night following a possible diving related drowning. Guam Fire Department Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero tells PNC that GFD received a report of an injured diver on Monday evening (February 18). An ambulance arrived at the Agat Marina at 9:30pm and a boat arrived with the man on-board at 9:33pm. According to Artero the man was unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. CPR was conducted at the scene and he was taken to Naval Hospital. Artero says the boat was a personal recreational boat and was not affiliated with any of the island’s diving companies. Navy Spokesperson Coleen San Nicolas Perez says the man was pronounced dead at 10:25pm Monday.
2. MONDAY, APRIL 8th: 32 year old fisherman Menchi Rechim was pulled from the waters off Paseo De Susana Park. Officials say that Rechim had been snorkeling and spearfishing with several other fishermen when he was hit by a series of waves and swept off the reef. He was pronounced dead at Naval Hospital. Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola ruled his death a drowning.
3. SATURDAY APRIL 13: 40 year old Nae Dok Kim, a Korean tourist. Medical Examiner Dr. Aurileo Espinola says that a shark attacked a Kim whose remains were found Sunday morning off Asan Beach. Dr. Espinola says that the man “was bitten by a shark and then drowned.” He said the man’s upper left arm and both legs were missing. Part of his intestines were also missing. Because there was evidence of bleeding, Dr. Espinola concludes that the man was alive when he was attacked by a shark. However he also concluded that the cause of death was drowning.
4. SUNDAY MAY 19: 56 year old Joseph Rojas was pulled from Pago Bay Sunday evening. Dr. Aurelio Espinola determined that the fisherman, died of asphyxiation due to drowning and there is no reason to suspect any foul play. Dr. Espinola performed an autopsy Monday afternoon. Sunday night, Guam Fire Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero said the body of the man was pulled from Pago Bay about 8pm. Artero told PNC News that rescue personnel on jet skies found the man inside the Pago Bay reef. A 911 call was made about 7pm reporting that the fisherman was missing.
5. WEDNESDAY JUNE 19: 22 year old Navy Diver 3rd Class Robert Dotzler of Kiel, Wisconsin. He was assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable. He drowned while free diving during a dive operation at Alpha Pier on Navy Base Guam. Navy Officials say Dotzler was observing other divers from the water’s surface in a “snorkeling-like role”. When the other divers surfaced, they noticed Dotzler was missing and located him at the bottom of the harbor, unconscious. He was later pronounced dead at Naval Hospital Guam. A command investigation into his death determined that he died of accidental drowning while free diving.
6. TUESDAY JULY 16: An off-duty Guam Police Officer pulled the body of a 74 year old Japanese man from the waters of Tumon Bay Tuesday afternoon. GPD Spokesman Lt. Art Paulino reports that GPD Officer Ernest Quintanilla saw the man floating, motionless, about 80-yards from the beach behind the Hyatt Hotel. Officer Quintanilla swam out to the man. He reported that the victim was floating face-up and had no pulse. Foam was coming out of his mouth. Officer Quintanilla pulled the man to shore and contacted emergency personnel who took the man to GMH where he was pronounced dead. The autopsy on the 74 year old was performed Thursday and Dr. Espinola concluded that the man died from drowning. There was no other health condition that caused the man to drown. “His heart was good,”said Dr. Espinola.
7. WEDNESDAY JULY 17: Guam Police Spokesman Lt. Art Paulino reports that GPD is investigating the death of a 58 year old Japanese diver who was pulled unconscious from the water off Orote Point at “The Crevice” Wednesday morning. Coast Guard Chief Brian Koji told PNC News that the they received a VHF call at 10:10am reporting an unconscious diver aboard the “Sea Fantasy.” A response boat was launched, the unconscious diver was taken aboard. “He was not breathing at the time he was recovered,” said Chief Koji. CPR was performed on the man as he was transported to the Sumay Cove Marina where an ambulance then rushed him to Naval Hospital. Naval Hospital Spokeswoman Jennifer Zingalie says he was pronounced dead at 11:41am. This was the second water related death in as many days. Tuesday, a 74 year old Japanese tourist was pulled from the waters off Tumon Bay by off duty GPD Officer Ernest Quintanilla.
8. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15: Dr. Aurelio Espinola confirms that a female tourist pulled from the waters of Tumon Bay Friday November 15 has died. Guam Fire Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero reported that the woman was unresponsive and unconscious when she was pulled from the water behind the old Fujita Hotel. CPR was performed on her as she was rushed to GMH where she later died. The woman’s was in her early 20s. Her identify has not been released.
9. WEDNESDAY NOVMBER 20: According to GPD PIO Ed Artero three men went into the waters of Asan near the memorial park Wednesday night, Nov. 20, to go fishing. Artero says the waters started to get rough and one of the men was swept out over the reef. His two fishing partners were able to swim back to shore and call for help. Artero says the 911 call came in at 10:51pm Wednesday. Rescue crews were immediately dispatched. The U.S. Coast Guard also aided in the search. The man’s lifeless body was recovered shortly after midnight. Artero says the victim is a 20 year old Chuukese male.
10. FRIDAY DECEMBER 20: A 50 year old man was pulled from the waters off the Hagatna Boat Basin this morning was pronounced dead on arrival at Naval Hospital.He is the 10th water related death of the year on island. Guam Police Spokesman Officers A.J. Balajadia reports that the man was with 2 other men in a small fishing boat that was motoring out of the Boat Basin when the boat was struck by a large wave and capsized about 11am [ GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says the 911 call came in at 11:12am]. “Three male individuals were attempting to exit the mouth of the basin in a Livingston double hulled boat, when the boat was struck by a large wave,” said Officer Balajadia. The wave caused “the boat to be flipped backwards tossing all three occupants into the water,” he said. None of the 3 men had a life preserver on.