Officials Identify Marine Swept Out to Sea Near Guam; Search Continues

Staff Sgt. Keo Khamonel and Staff Sgt. Stewart Guethlein admire the view from the back of a C-130 Hercules Feb. 23, 2011, over Tumon Bay, near Guam, during exercise Cope North. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)
Staff Sgt. Keo Khamonel and Staff Sgt. Stewart Guethlein admire the view from the back of a C-130 Hercules Feb. 23, 2011, over Tumon Bay, near Guam, during exercise Cope North. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Officials have identified the Marine who went missing Sunday while swimming near Tumon Bay, Guam.

Pfc. Joshua Stewart, 20, of Sutter Creek, Calif., was on liberty when he was swept out to sea at approximately 5 p.m., according to a Marine Corps statement.

Stewart is deployed to Guam with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of Okinawa, Japan.

The Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Guam fire department and local authorities continued the search Tuesday with both aerial and surface teams.

Waters around Guam can be treacherous. Last December, an airman from Andersen Air Force Base who was thought to have gone into the water near Tarague Beach on Guam’s northern shore went missing and was later found dead.

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