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Elderly male tourist pulled from Ypao Beach

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Guam waters take another life as an elderly male tourist was pulled out of Ypao Beach.

What should've been a perfect day for a swim turned into disaster as lifeguard Joe Nauta rushed to the rescue of an elderly male tourist on Sunday afternoon.

"We actually found him about 60 yards out from the shoreline and right on top of the coral head. And we were monitoring the water. There was maybe like 450 people in the water," he told KUAM News.

Nauta tells KUAM he gave warning to all swimmers, including the elderly man and his family, that the waters are deceiving. Despite the low tide conditions, beachgoers needed to beware of currents in the area. "We noticed that the victim was under the water for a long period of time so we responded. Went out there, dove down and picked him up and noticed that he was unconscious, brought him to shore and conducted about five cycles of CPR until medics arrived," he said.

Nauta says Sunday's victim was snorkeling. Because he showed no signs of struggle, nearby swimmers failed to notice he had drowned.

Guam Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Ed Artero says the call for a reported drowning was received just after 1:30 p.m. Although medics continued CPR en route to the hospital, they were unsuccessful and the 63-year-old man passed around two in the afternoon.

This marking the eighth water related fatality of 2014, Nauta asks that all swimmers heed to all warning signs before going into the water. "Take extra precaution when you're in the water. Not only that, we're surrounded by water so just take extra precaution," he stated. "There's warning signs all over Guam. Warning signs in regards to water safety. Just go ahead and read the signs. It tells you what's hazardous in the water and also the hazardous marine life in the water. The conditions of the water. I'd just like to say especially little kids and elderly, you just gotta keep an eye on them."
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