Coast Guard Ends Seek for Marine Who Went Lacking Whereas Swimming at Seashore

The Coast Guard on Monday suspended search efforts for a Marine who went lacking final week whereas swimming off the coast of Puerto Rico in excessive surf. The assertion follows an announcement from native authorities Sunday that stated they halted energetic search efforts for the lacking Marine.

Cpl. Samuel Wanjiru, 26, was visiting the U.S. territory together with his household. Somebody referred to as 911 to report he had turn into distressed whereas swimming close to the jap aspect of the island off a seashore within the city of Luquillo.

The U.S. Coast Guard instructed on Monday that the territory’s emergency administration bureau had taken the lead within the search on Thursday.

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Search efforts turned “passive” after the Puerto Rican bureau stated Sunday that “the disappearance of a 26-year-old younger man was reported on La Pared seashore in Luquillo, whose energetic search continued till at present.”

“From tomorrow onwards, close by coastal municipalities will probably be watching their coasts as a part of a passive search,” in keeping with a bureau press launch, which was offered to and translated by the Coast Guard.

The seek for the Marine, a Massachusetts native, continued all through final week with Coast Guard property deployed alongside native authorities. The seek for Wanjiru got here after the Puerto Rico Emergency Administration Bureau stated two different swimmers have been reported lifeless. Different swimmers have been rescued after being dragged out by sea currents.

Wanjiru is a reserve Marine with 4th Marine Plane Wing out of Chicopee, Massachusetts. He serves as a motorized vehicle operator for the unit, in keeping with 4th MAW.

“On the time of his disappearance, Wanjiru was not in an active-duty standing or conducting army operations,” an announcement from the unit stated. “4th Marine Plane Wing is worried for the Marine’s welfare and is in communication with Wanjiru’s household, native authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard whereas the seek for Wanjiru continues.”

The territory’s Nationwide Meteorological Service stated that swells would have an effect on the coast, particularly the west, north and east of the island on the time and placement the place Wanjiru was reported to have been swimming. Native Puerto Rican authorities stated that Wanjiru’s disappearance was reported at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday.

The Coast Guard stated it launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane and MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters to assist with the search. Native authorities aided within the search with jet ski patrols within the space.

“We hold Cpl. Samuel Wanjiru and his household in our prayers, hoping they discover power and closure throughout this most tough time,” Capt. Jose Diaz, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander, stated in an announcement Monday.

“The lack of life in Puerto Rico seashores throughout March has been fairly surreal, together with the lack of two service members,” he stated, referencing a member of the Nationwide Guard, Workers Sgt. Fidel Cruz Llanos, who died whereas attempting to avoid wasting a vacationer from drowning within the Puerto Rican surf.

“I commend the efforts of all responders, who’ve finished their utmost to search out Cpl. Wanjiru and who’ve additionally responded to quite a few instances this month leading to dozens of lives saved, whereas additionally conducting efforts to stop any additional lack of life in our seashores,” he stated.

All through the week and weekend Puerto Rico’s State Company for Emergency and Catastrophe Administration posted a number of updates on the search and warnings to the general public, saying that it was not appropriate for swimmers to go within the water within the north, west and east of the island. These circumstances would final by means of “a minimum of Tuesday,” the company stated.

Associated: Marine Lacking After Swimming in Puerto Rico; Coast Guard Looking out Coastal Waters

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