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Tourist fights for his life after near-drowning at beach

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It was earlier this week an 8-year-old girl was pronounced dead after drowning along Tumon Bay.

Today, another man is sent to the hospital after his trip to the beach.

The tourist is holding onto his life.

"It appears the individual was resuscitated so the person is now at the hospital. We're headed up there to see how well he may be doing and hopefully he'll be ok," said G4S Security Solutions Guam operations director Paul Suba.

The man was pulled from the waters just behind Outrigger Hotel where many played a role in getting him help.

Suba said, "From my understanding the hotel security as well as hotel security, GPD, GFD, and the gentlemen of the VSOs as well as the vendors here they all leant a hand to bring in this individual render him CPR and then see that he got transported to the hospital."

Suba warns all that even if the waters look calm and inviting, take notice of all advisories.

He said, "We've got strong currents and higher high tides during this time of the year so everyone please take caution when entering the water. We're looking at our guests that aren't aware of these things so we're trying to educate them, both when they come in with their tour guides and their tour companies, the hotels and everyone else to understand the conditions here. Even though the water looks great there are strong currents and if they're not knowledgeable on how to swim they could get themselves in trouble."

In response to the need for more lifeguards, Suba confirms GovGuam and the private sector are joining forces to keep tourists and locals safe in the water.

I know that the director of Parks & Recs Ray Blas is working diligently to hire and train more lifeguards and so between GovGuam and the private sector we're working in partnership to be able to do that. To safeguard all our beachgoers.

According to Guam Memorial Hospital spokesperson June Perez, the male individual has yet to be identified and remains in critical condition.
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