Coast Guard, Guam Fire Department rescue 15-month-old child

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GUAM — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor coordinated a response with Guam Fire Department to save 15-month-old child off Anae Island, about a mile southwest of Agat Marina, Tuesday.

The captain of the dive boat Margarita requested immediate medical assistance, via VHF, from the Coast Guard command center in Apra Harbor at 11:15 a.m.

Small boats from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor were conducting training exercises in the vicinity and responded to the captain’s distress call.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel Mendlowitz and Seaman Colt Fairchild, both Coast Guard Emergency Medical Technicians, were first on scene to evaluate the child.

“The child was stable, breathing and had a pulse when the EMTS arrived on scene,” said Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Pavlick, Station Apra Harbor’s officer-in-charge. “The EMT’s kept the child’s airway open, monitored her vitals and kept her stimulated throughout the transit to Agat Marina, where they were met by the GFD.”

The child was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital where she was examined and released.

“Lifesaving is the reason why I joined the Coast Guard,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Daviau, Station Apra Harbor’s coxswain.

Mendlowitz and Fairchild’s professional, rapid-response saved this child’s life; this case was a success because of my crew, said Daviau.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners of the importance of close supervision of children, and early notifications for missing persons in the ocean. For maritime emergencies, call the Coast Guard 24 hours a day at (671) 564-USCG or 911. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary work closely with local agencies to promote boater and water safety in every community.

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