Coast Guard and U.S. Navy team up to assist distressed swimmer in Guam

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 practice hoisting procedures during an exercise in Apra Harbor June 14. The sailors practice their skills to keep their alert posture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham/Released)HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Guam Fire Department and U.S> Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five rescued a distressed swimmer offshore from Pagat Caves, Guam, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam offered assistance after hearing communications between Guam Fire Rescue and dispatch regarding a distressed swimmer near Pagat Caves.

The Coast Guard Cutter Assateague, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Guam, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor, a small boat crew and two jet-skis from Guam Fire Department, and an HSC-25 crew launched to assist in the search.

The HSC-25 crew arrived on scene, rescued the swimmer and transported him to Naval Hospital Guam where he is reportedly in stable condition.

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