A 33-year-old male Chinese tourist drowned outside of the designated swimming zone of Mañagaha Island on Saturday afternoon.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune yesterday that investigation is still ongoing and that Boating Safety investigators went back to Mañagaha yesterday for further investigation.
DPS spokesman Sgt. Thomas Blas Jr. said that DPS received a call on Saturday at 2:41pm from one of the Mañagaha rangers, who reported an unaccounted tourist at the island. Boating Safety officers were notified about the report.
Boating Safety officer Mike Camacho’s preliminary investigation showed that friends of the unaccounted person approached the ranger and asked for help in looking for their friend.
Duty lifeguards were also notified about the incident.
During the search, one of the lifeguards noticed a body floating southwest outside of the designated swimming zone.
The lifeguards swam out and brought the body to shore where they administered CPR. A boat transported the body to Smiling Cove Marina where medics brought the victim to the Commonwealth Health Center.
At 3:28pm, a doctor at CHC pronounced the victim dead due to drowning. At the hospital, friends identified the victim as the one they reported unaccounted for.
One companion told police that five of them, including the victim, left Saipan for Mañagaha at 9am that day. They were scheduled to return to Saipan at 3pm.
At 1pm, the group noticed that the victim was not around and that they could not locate him. After failing to find the victim, the group reported the matter to the rangers at 2:30pm.