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2 dead after outrigger capsizes off Guam

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Two people died after an outrigger canoe overturned in rough seas yesterday in Tumon Bay, Guam, according to the Honolulu-based 14th Coast Guard District.

The incident happened at approximately 5:10 p.m. The Coast Guard cutter Assateague and a Navy air crew from Helicopter Sea Combat Squad 25 joined in a search for the six people on the canoe.

Two of the paddlers safely reached shallow water on their own. 

A paddler in another canoe attempted to help two others who were stranded within a reef line but became stranded as well. All three were rescued by personnel from the Guam Fire Department and Guam Police Department.

Shortly after the search began at 6 p.m., rescuers recovered the body of one of the paddlers.

The search for the last paddler was suspended overnight due to unfavorable conditions. The search resumed at 6 a.m. this morning.

The second body was recovered outside the reef line at approximately 11 a.m.

 

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