Male Chinese tourist drowns on Tinian


A Chinese male tourist drowned while swimming at Tachogna Beach on Tinian yesterday afternoon.

Tinian Department of Public Safety director John Santos confirmed last night that there was a drowning incident and that the victim, a tourist, was flown to the Commonwealth Health Center on Saipan.

Santos refused to release more details pending further investigation of the incident.

Saipan Tribune learned that the victim, a 29-year-old Chinese tourist, was swimming alone at Tachogna Beach.

Beach concessionaire employees saw the victim already floating in the water and called the Tinian police.

No other details were available as of press time. DPS Saipan is expected to release more information about the incident today, Wednesday.

It is the first drowning incident in the CNMI this year.

Last Dec. 16, a firefighter of the Commonwealth Ports Authority-Aircraft Rescue drowned while spear fishing at East Bay in Laolao, Saipan.

Last Nov. 14, a male Chinese tourist diver drowned while three others were safely rescued by DPS personnel at Grotto in Marpi.

Last June 16, a 60-year-old Korean female tourist drowned while snorkeling with family members on Managaha Island.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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