Naval Aircrewmen Helicopter 1st Class Eric Veditz lowers a hoist down to distressed hikers near the Cetti Bay waterfall in Guam. Aircrew from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, in partnership with the Guam Fire Department, rescued five hikers who had become stranded when severe rains and flooding impeded the trail they had been hiking on (U.S. Navy Photo).
Aircrew from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, in partnership with the Guam Fire Department, rescued five hikers who were stranded atop a cliff while hiking up a stream to the Cetti Bay waterfall in Guam, April 15.
The hikers called 911 on the evening of April 14 when severe rains and flooding blocked the trail and the hikers concluded they were stranded.
HSC-25’s search-and-rescue mission was initially delayed due to thunderstorms but were able to safely launch early the next morning. Once airborne, the aircrew coordinated with Guam Fire & Rescue to determine the location of the hikers and were able to spot the group, waving a white towel, shortly after arriving on scene.