VIDEO: Body of Raymond Cabrera Recovered; 6th Water Related Fatality of the Year


Guam – Guam Fire Department Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero reports that the body of a cliff diver was recovered this morning.

Guam Fire divers recovered him about 100 yards off shore shortly after 8 this morning. GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero reports that the victim was 24 years old.

Lt. Artero said, “We got a call at 911 a little bit after 3 pm of a missing diver outside the Marbo Cave cliffline area. We immediately sent our rescue units, notified the U.S. Coast Goard, and requested support from Navy HSC 25 helicopter to start the search and rescue mission. Unfortunately, we ran out of daylight and we had to halt the search at sunset. We picked up the search again at first daylight this morning and at about 9 am, we recovered the body.” 

When PNC asked what led to the 911 call, Lt. Artero answered, “There was several of them at the cliff line. I think there was three of them. One person decided to enter the water. I’m not too sure of the circumstances that lead to that. When he didn’t surface, one of the parties called 911.” 

Friends on Fecebook identified the victim as Raymond Cabrera. They posted pictures of him and mourned his loss.

Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola confirmed Cabrera was the victim and said an autopsy would be conducted tomorrow.  

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Cabrera is the 6th water related fatality of the year for Guam.



2014 Water Related 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. performed an autopsy on Tuesday and concluded he died from drowning.

2. SUNDAY, January 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. 4.Friday, January 10: A male tourist pulled from water off  Ypao beach was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

4. FRIDAY, January 10:  A 47 year old Japanese tourist pulled from Tumon Bay at Ypao Park was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

5. THURSDAY, March 6:  A 74 year old Japanese woman died at GMH 2 days after being pulled from the waters of Tumon Bay behind the Reef Hotel in Tumon. 

6. SUNDAY, April 6: 24 year old Raymond Cabrera dove off a cliff into the water near Marbo Cave Snday afternoon. He did not surface. GFD, USCG and a Navy HSC-25 all launched a search effort. His body was recovered shortly after 8am Monday morning.