USCG halts search for missing victim

Posted on Nov 01 2019


With the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services calling off its search teams last Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard has followed suit, suspending yesterday the search for the driver of a vehicle that drove off the Marpi cliff last Saturday.

USCG Public Affairs officer Lt. Jonathan Girot confirmed Wednesday that the USCG has suspended its search for the occupant of a vehicle that drove off Banzai Cliff and into the ocean as per standard protocol, which requires a search to be done for five consecutive days.

Search patterns spanned a total of 427 square nautical miles and included response assets from the Department of Public Safety, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Washington.

“We extend out appreciation to our local and federal partners for their work during this multi-agency search covering a five-day period,” Girot said.

Today marks the sixth day after the driver of an SUV drove over the Marpi cliff into the sea last. DPS and DFEMS both called off their searches last Tuesday, as per their standard protocol, which requires a search to be done for three consecutive days.

Only the vehicle has been found but not the body of the victim.

DPS continues to withhold the identity of the victim, saying they are still conducting the next-of-kin notification. Once the next-of-kin notification has been made, the victim’s identity will be released. Attempts were made to confirm if the next-of-kin notification has been done but there has been no response from DPS as of press time.

Search efforts continued on Tuesday, however, no body was found. DPS and DFEMS ended searching the oceans

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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