Autopsies completed on 2 Korean tourists who drowned

DANGEROUS SURF: Waves break at the Hagåtña Boat Basin. Two tourists from South Korea died in two recent separate drownings on Guam. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

The Coast Guard, the Guam Fire Department and the Navy HSC-25 helicopter squadron worked together Monday evening to bring two people and their disabled boat safely to shore.

About 6:24 p.m., the Coast Guard Response Coordination Center received a call for assistance from Guam Fire and Rescue. 

Two people in a 16-foot powerboat were adrift and in danger of hitting the rocks off Ritidian Point, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

The Guam Fire and Rescue team said it was en route to Ritidian but did not have an exact location for the vessel.

There were 12-foot seas at the time, with 10 mph winds. A small craft advisory was in effect.

The Coast Guard Sector Guam duty officer called on the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 based at Andersen Air Force Base.

The HSC-25 team found the boat around 7:02 p.m. and guided the Guam Fire and Rescue unit to the scene.

The two people aboard the vessel were brought aboard the Guam Fire and Rescue craft, which then took their powerboat in tow.

The Coast Guard dispatched a response vessel from Apra Harbor, which took over the tow and brought the disabled boat into the Hagåtña boat basin Monday night.

Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Kuechenberg, in the release, said the operation was “a great example of the importance of local agency training and partnerships.

"Knowing the capabilities of each other and being able to respond to situations cohesively allows us to save lives seamlessly,” Kuechenberg said.