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Alcantara family grateful for support

by Michele Catahay

Guam - The body of 31-year-old Steve Alcantara was recovered at around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Guam Fire Department officials and the U.S. Coast Guard have been searching the waters off Umatac Bay throughout last night and today. On Saturday, GFD received a call at around 5pm after his jetski was overturned and he was lost at sea.

Alcantara was with a group of people on Saturday. Since then, family and friends had been at the Umatac Bay, with many in the community offering help and assistance with the search.

Alcantara's body was found near the area where he had overturned.

Family and close friends of the popular sports star gathered last night and throughout the day hoping and praying rescue units are successful in finding him. He was jetskiiing with a group on Saturday when his jetski overturned and he was lost in sea.

According to GFD Spokesperson Captain Andy Arceo, units were called around 5pm Saturday evening. "What we do know is that the gentleman was on a Waverunner, I believe, and he was at the mouth and for some reason, he fell off or got swept off. That was the last that his group had seen of him. That's when the call came in and we came down," he said.

A total of three boats and four jetskis have been used during the search, which continued throughout today. Arceo says rescue units combed the waters near the harbor.  "It was just as the mouth of the harbor. That was pretty mouth of the harbor. That's where we are concentrating our search. We have a buoy out there and that's where we concentrate our search on," he explained.

Steve is a well-known local athlete, having played for the Bank of Guam Athletics in baseball and the Pepsi Warriors in football. Those who knew him would say he not only loved to play sports, but he had a huge heart.

Steve's brother Roke Alcantara, Jr. says he's a great all around kind of guy. "He will be remembered as really a truly one of a kind guy. One of a kind. He's really hard to hate. He had that charismatic personality where he stood out among people because he just had that demeanor. That personality of his was just natural."

The Alcantara family is just asking for prayers, with Roke Jr. telling KUAM News, "There are a lot of people out there wonder why. And I kindly ask if they can just keep him in our thoughts and prayers and let's not try to criticize him for not having a lifejacket. That's one of our biggest questions. Other than that, we go to stay strong for our family, please. All the support is very much welcomed and appreciated."

Roke says he would like to thank not only rescue officials, but also those who have been supportive since the incident occurred. "The local boys from the village of Umatac, I would like to thank you guys for going out there on your own and volunteering to find my brother and everybody else who came from all over the island to be with us during this tragic time," he said.

He added, "We want to show that we are very appreciative for your love, support and prayers and we ask you to please continue to do so."

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