Coast Guard Search Underway for Vacationing Marine Who Went Lacking Whereas Swimming in Puerto Rico

The Coast Guard stated Thursday it’s looking for a Marine who went lacking off the coast of Puerto Rico after having gone out swimming in excessive surf.

In line with the Coast Guard, 26-year-old Samuel Wanjiru went swimming within the seaside space of “La Pared” in Luquillo on the western facet of the U.S. territory close to San Juan on Wednesday afternoon when he turned distressed and a 911 name went out.

Wanjiru is a Massachusetts resident who was visiting the island along with his household, in response to the assertion. reached out to the Marine Corps for extra details about Wanjiru’s service historical past however didn’t hear again in time for publication.

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After receiving the 911 name, the Coast Guard stated it launched an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter to seek for the Marine. On Thursday, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane and MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen had been a part of the search, together with “a number of Workplace of Emergency Administration places of work within the space” and Puerto Rico police, the assertion famous.

The commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Capt. José Díaz, stated in an announcement that “this month has been lethal in relation to seaside drownings within the space of Puerto Rico.”

On the identical day that Wanjiru went lacking, the Coast Guard helped get better one other distressed swimmer off Montones Seaside in Isabela, Puerto Rico. He was recovered unresponsive and later declared lifeless.

The Nationwide Climate Service had issued advisories since Tuesday warning swimmers that “a excessive danger of life-threatening rip currents” was current alongside nearly all of the island’s northern shoreline.

“Folks want to comprehend that the state of affairs is critical sufficient to restrict our skill to reply to search-and-rescue circumstances with floor vessels with out additional endangering our crews and property,” Díaz warned.

Puerto Rico’s State Company for Emergency and Catastrophe Administration additionally warned folks “to NOT go to seashores this week as a result of they’re harmful because of excessive tide” in a Fb put up offering updates on the seek for Wanjiru.

“Our ideas and prayers are with the households who’ve misplaced their family members to the ocean, we hope they discover energy throughout this most tough time,” Díaz stated.

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