One swimmer in Tumon Bay was rushed to Naval Hospital around 2:33 p.m. Sunday, less than 30 minutes after the Guam Fire Department's rescue personnel managed to bring two distressed swimmers safely back to shore Sunday afternoon in Merizo.
Police also recently confirmed that a man who had been fishing at the Merizo Pier on Friday afternoon drowned.
The incident in Tumon Bay involved a distressed swimmer who was swept over the reefline outside the Hotel Nikko Guam, the Guam Fire Department stated. The condition of the person who was pulled from Tumon was not known.
In Sunday's Merizo incident, a call was received around 1:50 p.m., according to GFD spokeswoman Cherika Chargualaf. Two women were about 200 yards off Bile Bay in Merizo.
Units arrived on the scene at 1:59 p.m. and had to navigate rough seas to reach the two female swimmers safely, Chargualaf said.
Officials are encouraging residents to be aware of sea conditions when getting into the water.
The National Weather Service Guam Weather Forecast Office did send out an advisory on rough seas. Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense reiterated that a large west swell will continue to generate dangerous surf along west- and north-facing reefs through Monday night and hazardous surf through Saturday morning.
The swell will produce "dangerous swimming conditions for swimmers and beachgoers," the news release states.
"The community is advised to avoid venturing out along north- and west-facing reefs and beaches. Huge pounding waves can knock people unconscious and cause them to drown. Rip currents will be life-threatening."
Officials also note that rough water will cause some localized erosion.
Meteorologists note the following advisories are in effect:
A high surf warning is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan until 6 a.m. Tuesday. From 6 a.m Tuesday to 6 a.m. Saturday, a high surf advisory will then be in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. Dangerous surf of 13 to 16 feet along north- and west-facing reefs will continue through Monday night and gradually subside. However, surf will remain hazardous through the rest of the coming week.
A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Wednesday, meaning winds will produce conditions hazardous to operators of small craft. Combined seas of 10 to 14 feet and winds of 15 to 20 knots will continue through at least Monday night and could persist a little longer. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
Officials "advise residents and visitors to avoid hazardous seas, especially (at) north- and west-facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs," the release states.