Navy chopper rescues lost mother, daughter lost in Guam jungle

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 17, 2014

Sailors from Andersen Air Force Base rescued a 44-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter from the jungles of Guam on Thursday after they became separated from friends and family on a spring break hiking trip, according to media reports.

They went missing in Yona on Wednesday evening while hiking to Tarzan Falls, according to KUAM News Guam. The Navy, which operates the only rotary-wing assets on the island, was called in to help, Navy officials said.

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 began search-and-rescue efforts around 11 p.m. Wednesday. At 8:50 a.m. Thursday, a Navy MH-60S helicopter recovered and transported the pair to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for treatment. Navy officials said any injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The incident is the 11th search-and-rescue mission for the squadron this year. The Navy worked in close concert with the Department of Homeland Security, Guam Fire Department and Police, the Department of Agriculture and local volunteers, KUAM reported.

“HSC-25 continually trains our pilots and crews to handle any situation, any time day or night, whether on the water or on land,” HSC-25 Cmdr. Gregory Leland said in the statement. “This rescue is a direct result of the skills our crews develop during combat training for deployed missions in and around the region, and put to use saving lives right here on Guam.”


An MH-60S Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 performs maneuvers during a training event with the Guam Army National Guard at Andersen South, Guam, on Feb. 19, 2013. An HSCS-25 crew helped rescue a woman and her daughter lost in a Guam jungle on Thursday, April 17, 2014.


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