by Nick Delgado
Guam - Two mariners that did not return to shore on time were rescued early this morning just 20 miles off Orote Point. The US coast guard Cutter Washington and the Navy HSC 25 helicopter were dispatched after more than 9 hours had passed from the expected return time.
The 22-foot skiff departed Agat Marina on Friday and was scheduled to return by 6pm that same day.
During the brief search the helicopter noticed a flashing light and flares being fired off from the skiff. The skiff was disabled and was taking on water. The mariners were also unable to make a call for help, because officials say they only had a cellular phone that was out of range of cellular towers. The two were then hoisted up and taken to Naval Hospital.
The Coast Guard reports the pair refused treatment and were released.
Mariners are reminded to maintain basic safety equipment on board their vessels.