One airman dead, another missing in waters off Guam’s Andersen AFB

Guam Fire Department units conducting search and rescue operations for the missing persons off pagat cliffside. (Guam Fire Department)
Guam Fire Department units conducting search and rescue operations for the missing persons off a cliffside in Pagat. (Guam Fire Department)


One airman is dead and the search is on for another following two separate swimming incidents in the waters off Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base.

According to a statement released by the 36th Wing Media Operations at Andersen, the Andersen Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, Guam Fire Department and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 were alerted to a missing swimmer around midnight Monday and are responding with an extensive search operation along the coastline.

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Guam Fire Department units conducting search and rescue operations for the missing persons off the coast in Pagat. (Guam Fire Department)

On Sunday, two swimmers were reported to be in distress in Pagat, Mangilao. One swimmer made it back safely; the remains of the second swimmer have been recovered.

Pagat Point is a popular tourist and swimming area five miles southwest of Andersen. Tarague Beach is part of the installation, and water entry is authorized only between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The search for the missing swimmer is ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon local time.

On Monday afternoon, the remains of the other service member, whose name has not been released, were recovered following a search in the waters near Pagat Point off the island’s northeastern coast, the Fire Department announced early Tuesday.

The Coast Guard on Monday took the deceased airman’s remains to Naval Hospital Guam, the Fire Department stated.

The deceased was temporarily assigned to Andersen AFB, according to the Air Force, and the airman’s name will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin notification.

According to the Pacific Daily News, the airman is the island’s seventh water-related death of the year and the second from the military community.

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