GUAM: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Andrew Artero

GUAM – On Tuesday evening, U.S. Coast Guard Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam suspended active search for Mr. Andrew Artero.  The Coast Guard received notification on Saturday night that Mr. Artero had not returned from spearfishing near Urunao Point on Friday morning.

After initial notification on Saturday night, the Coast Guard coordinated an extensive four-day search of the waters off Guam.

In total, 18 search patterns were completed, covering an area of over 4700 square nautical miles.  Eight patterns were searched by the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague and small boats from the Coast Guard.  Ten aerial searches were flown by US Navy H-60 helicopters from Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft based in Japan.

Guam Fire Department (GFD), and the Guam Police Department (GPD) boats conducted extensive shoreline searches.

Land searches were completed by the Guam National Guard, GFD, GPD, and the public. GFD and volunteer divers searched reef areas on Monday and Tuesday.

Search and rescue efforts will cease pending further developments.

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