Spear-fisherman drowns


A man drowned near the 13 Fishermen Memorial Monument late Monday night.

Police from the Department of Public Safety found the 49-year-old man lifeless near the 13 Fishermen Monument in Garapan

The 49-year-old victim, who was reportedly from Susupe, was said to be spear fishing before the drowning incident and had a cramp. The man was later found lying still by the shore.

According to a DPS release, Dispatch received a call at approximately 8:20pm last Monday, reporting a drowning incident near the 13 Fishermen memorial monument.

Boating Safety officers arrived at the scene around 8:25pm and spoke to a fisherman who was with the victim and had witnessed the incident.

The fisherman told police that he and the victim were spear fishing when the victim experienced cramping just north of the 13 Fishermen Memorial Monument.

As police were searching the area, they reportedly spotted a beam of light. After following the light for a short distance, police found the victim lying on the rocks by the shoreline.

Personnel of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived shortly at around 8:29pm, and tried to revive the victim, to no avail.

The victim was then brought to the Commonwealth Health Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:50pm.

According to an eyewitness, there were three DPS vehicles near the 13 Fishermen Memorial Monument last Monday at a little past 8pm.

The eyewitness said the officers were searching with a flashlight and a man was pulled from the shoreline near the 13 Fishermen Pavilion and placed on a stretcher.

The eyewitness said that the family of the victim arrived at the scene shortly before the victim was brought to CHC.

A 64-year-old man was also found dead near the 13 Fishermen Memorial last Oct. 9.

Although the exact cause of the victim’s death remains undetermined, the victim reportedly sustained abrasions on the body, had been taking several medications for heart and kidney disease, and had drank alcohol.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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