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Airman pronounced dead after being found ‘unresponsive’ near Guam’s Tumon Bay

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

An airman deployed to Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after being found “unresponsive” near Tumon Bay, the Air Force said Wednesday.

The airman — whose identity was not released in accordance with policy to wait 24 hours after next-of-kin notification — was discovered about 1:30 p.m. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.

The news comes a little more than a month after a USS Ronald Reagan sailor was found dead in waters off Guam on Sept. 29. Petty Officer 3rd Class Zahir Hakeem had gone missing while swimming near Haputo Beach at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, the Navy said.

Hakeem was in Guam for a port visit with the Yokosuka-based aircraft carrier. His cause of death was also under investigation.


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