Boy, 2, nearly drowns during family picnic

A 2-year-old boy nearly drowned during a family picnic at San Antonio Beach on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the father managed to revive the child just as patrol units and medics arrived at the scene.

Medics transported the boy to the Commonwealth Health Center, where he was admitted for observation.

Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard said that DPS dispatch received a call regarding a near drowning incident at San Antonio Beach at 3:42pm.

Shepard said investigation showed that the boy, a Chamorro, arrived at the beach with his parents at 3pm for a picnic.

While preparing the grill, the mother noticed the boy floating in the water, prompting her to yell for help.

The father pulled out the child out of the water and conducted a cardiopulmonary resuscitation after realizing he was not breathing.

Last Saturday, a 30-year-old Korean woman drowned, while her 34-year-old husband remains missing as of yesterday after the two went swimming in the waters off Forbidden Island.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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