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DPS rescues distressed swimmers

(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety-Boating Safety Division rescued two distressed swimmers at the furthest World War 2 tank in the Saipan lagoon, off the Saipan World Resort beach on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at approximately 4:02 p.m.

Rescue jet skis 1&2 were launched at 4:21 p.m. from the Smiling Cove Marina and headed south. At 4:28 p.m., rescue jet skis 1&2 proceeded toward the two stranded swimmers.

Boating Safety officers noticed that the stranded swimmers had paddle boards that were still attached to their ankles by a Velcro strap. The female swimmer stated to the officers that she was unable to paddle back into shore.

By 4:51 p.m., both swimmers were brought safely back to the beach by the rescue jet skis.

In Laulau

On Tuesday, Boating Safety Division conducted a search and rescue mission following a report about several stranded swimmers in Laulau Bay.

DPS Central received a 911 call about the distressed swimmers, who were tourists, at 12:53 p.m.

The DPS Impact rescue boat was launched from Smiling Cove Marina as Medics and a DPS officer were dispatched to Laulau Beach.

While on the beach DPS Sgt. Aldan, launched a drone to locate the distressed swimmers. The coordinates and landmarks were then forwarded to Officer Mendiola who was aboard the DPS Impact rescue boat.

At 1:42 p.m., DPS Impact arrived outside the reef of Laulau Bay and approached seven distressed swimmers, all holding onto a yellow flotation device.

The DPS Impact rescue boat  transported the stranded swimmers back to the Smiling Cove Marina where medics were also on standby to conduct a medical safety check on them.

After the swimmers were “cleared” by medics, DPS  learned that they were swimming in the bay in the morning. When the current began to get stronger, one swimmer attempted to climb a makeshift ladder in the bay, but it broke. Due to the strong current, the swimmers were unable to climb the rocks, and were unable to swim toward the nearest shore as the current kept pulling the swimmers back out. But one of them managed to swim back to shore and call 911.

DPS Boating Safety reminds the public to wear life jackets when in the water and to be aware of water conditions before jumping in.

DPS Boating Safety is also encouraging swimmers to limit their alcohol intake and excessive sun exposure which can lead to heat stroke.

If you notice a stranded swimmer, notify DPS Boating Safety immediately by calling 911.