GFD team saves 4 people after boat capsizes; rough sea expected until Sunday | News

A boat with four people capsized just after noon on Saturday.

The Guam Fire Department received the call around 12:55 p.m. Rescue 2 picked up the four boaters and by 1:43 p.m. they were en route to Hagåtña Marina, according to firefighter spokesman Kevin Reilly.

None of the boaters needed emergency treatment, he added.

Local officials are warning the community of rough seas and urging residents to exercise extreme caution if stepping out into the sea, whether swimming or boating.

The National Weather Service noted a high risk of rip currents for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan through Saturday evening. Dangerous rip currents are expected along the east facing reefs. Rip currents can drag even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water due to dangerous conditions. If you are caught in a rip current, do not swim against it. Swim in a direction following the shore, face the shore and call or wave for help.

There is also a small craft advisory for the coastal waters of Guam and Rota. It remains in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday. East winds of 23 mph to 28 mph are expected with gusts up to 33 mph. Seas of 7 to 10 feet are expected. Inexperienced sailors, especially those operating small vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions.

From water to fire

Authorities also continue to warn residents not to burn green waste outdoors as dry and windy conditions could potentially cause a small fire to spread.

A red flag warning is in effect for Guam until 6 p.m. Saturday. A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will occur soon. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph are expected this afternoon. The highest threat is expected for the southern part of Guam, primarily along and south of Cross Island Road. Any fire that develops will likely spread quickly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Guam’s Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense are reminding the community to avoid dangerous rip currents, especially along east-facing reefs and beaches. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and signs. Also, avoid burning outside throughout this evening.