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By Oyaol Ngirairikl

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Mar. 22) - Guam's waters claimed another life yesterday, the fourth drowning this year.

A 36-year-old man was pulled yesterday afternoon from a swimming channel just past the United Seaman's Club beach in Piti, Guam Fire Department spokeswoman Firefighter Phyllis Blas said.

The man was with relatives at a family gathering, Blas said.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Thurraya Kent said the man was pronounced dead upon arrival at Naval Hospital at 4:05 p.m.

The Fire Department responded to a call about a drowning at the Piti beach at 3:49 p.m., Blas said.

When a Fire Department rescue team arrived at the scene, a bystander or a family member was administering CPR to try to revive the man, Blas said.

The three other drowning deaths this year claimed the lives of:

· A 24-year-old man, who was swept by waves off First Beach in Talofofo a week ago. The man was on a rock fishing with family members at the Talofofo beach, Blas has said.

· A man who drowned March 12. The drowning was reported in Piti, adjacent to Fish Eye Marine Park, Blas has said.

· A male tourist, who was missing in the waters off Ritidian Point. The tourist was reported missing Feb. 14 and efforts to find him were unsuccessful, Pacific Daily News files state.

In 2002, there were six drowning deaths, and in 2001, there were 20 deaths.

March 22, 2004

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