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Search in Talofofo continues for missing swimmer

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A multi-agency search mission continues for a distressed swimmer at First Beach, Talofofo. The search was initially launched Thursday afternoon for two distressed swimmers. One was recovered within the hour and transported to Naval Hospital, where he passed away.

Guam Fire Department spokesperson Lieutenant Ed Artero said, "This morning our first daylight all our assets returned in the water. We have the Guam Fire Department boat in the water two jetskis along with the Guam Police Department has a boat also U.S. Coast Guard stayed through the night marking with their data buoys to get some information on the ocean condition and the search is still ongoing and continues as we speak."

Family tells KUAM the missing swimmer is 22-year-old Gregory Rodriguez. He was spearfishing while his brother John and his stepfather Joe Panaguiton were rod and wheeling. Rodriguez's rod was stuck so Panaguiton went in the water to assist him while John went to get help.

The deceased swimmer has been identified by family as Panaguiton.

Family and friends continue to wait at the beach for any word on Gregory Rodriguez.

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