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Guam divers rescued after currents move them to deeper sea

November 05, 2017 - 2:18 PM

HAGATNA, Guam - A couple who went diving off a Guam beach said they're lucky to be alive after a rip current sent them into deeper waters, requiring rescue.

Kenneth Hunt and Angela Wong Hunt, who are intermediate divers, went to a spot off Gun Beach on Halloween. The couple began diving last year, and they had visited the same spot just the day before, the Pacific Daily News reported .

After diving for about an hour that afternoon, the water conditions rapidly changed. The tide became high, and the wind had picked up.

"Unfortunately, I got sucked in the middle of rip currents and was tossed around like a cork in the smashing waves," Angela Wong Hunt said.

The current caused her to become disoriented, and it moved the two farther into the ocean. The husband and wife were able to reunite on the surface, and their training kicked in.

Kenneth Hunt inflated the orange signalling device, and the two swam parallel to the shore. They were about 800 yards (730 metres) from the beach, he said.

About 20 minutes later, they saw a man in front of a beach bar waving at them. A bartender saw the two and contacted the Guam Fire Department.

Rescuers pulled the two safely out of the water.

"Even though they said this is just part of their daily routine in the fire department team, everything they've done means a lot to us," Angela Hunt said. "I am so grateful we have guardian angels like them watching out for our beautiful island."

Kenneth Hunt said that while the experience had shaken them, they plan to continue diving.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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