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Stranded boater saved by joint rescue effort

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Teamwork between the U.S. Coast Guard, the Guam Fire Department and the Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 led to the safe return of a man who was stranded outside Merizo on a 14-foot aluminum skiff. The boater left the Merizo Pier on Monday morning but hadn't returned when he was scheduled to.

The skiff had no navigation lights, no radio and no mobile phone on board. With HSC-25 in the sky, they found the skiff near the Mamoan Channel and GFD towed the boat safely back to shore.

According to Coast Guard Sector Guam Commander Captain Thomas Sparks, this case highlights the interoperability of the Coast Guard, Navy and Guam Fire. Sparks added that "together we get the job done".

And just a reminder that when you do head out into the ocean, make sure you have the basic safety equipment on board your vessel.

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