DPS still searching for Honorio Ricky Encabo

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THE Department of Public Safety will continue the search for Honorio “Norvin” Ricky Encabo today, Thursday, as requested by his parents.

One of Encabo’s aunts, who declined to be identified,  told Variety that on Friday at 6 p.m. a rosary will be held for her nephew at their home in Koblerville.

Born on Saipan,  Encabo is  a Northern Marianas College student and a Saipan World Resort employee. 

Encabo and his friends were at the infinity pool in As Teo on Sunday when he slipped and fell into the waters. A strong current then swept him underwater, a witness said.

DPS has set up a command post near the infinity pool area where at least two rescue vessels conducted a search on Wednesday.

In a statement on Tuesday, DPS said it received a call regarding a distressed swimmer who slipped and fell into the waters at the infinity pool on Sunday, July 5, 2020, around 4:57 p.m.


Department of Public Safety rescue vessels conduct a search in the area where Honorio Ricky Encabo was last seen. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Search teams from DPS and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services-Search and Rescue Unit then conducted a cliff-line search and on the water search, DPS said.

The search was  called off at around 7:05 p.m. due to low light and to allow DFEMS and DPS personnel to make it back to the marina safely, DPS added.

 On Monday, DPS said the U.S. Coast Guard deployed two choppers out of Guam to assist in the search. The Division of Fish & Wildlife also launched its boat to help assist in the search for Encabo.

For their part, DPS and DFEMS scuba divers conducted a search near the entrance of the pool.

At around 5:04 p.m., DPS said the divers recovered clothing that was later confirmed to belong to Encabo.

At approximately 6 p.m., DPS and DFW boats made their way back to the marina.

On Tuesday, DPS said “search teams on the water included the USCG Sequoia vessel with their smaller vessel, DFW, Coastal Resources Management, the Commonwealth Ports Authority, a DPS jet-boat, and a personal vessel owned by a local fisherman. At about 9 a.m., a volunteer diver spotted and retrieved pieces of clothing and footwear from the entrance of the pool. Throughout the day DPS and DFEMS had multiple swimmers conducting a search on the water surface as other DPS and DFEMS divers conduct a search underwater throughout the area [near] the infinity pool.”



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