The death of an 18-year-old recent graduate near the Marbo Cave area over the weekend has Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta pushing for enhanced safety measures in that part of his village.
“I was very surprised and concerned. I was looking forward to a positive outcome and it’s just very shocking to hear again that we lost another life in our waters,” said Ungacta. “It’s always been rough in those areas of Pågat Cave, Marbo Cave and Thousand Steps.”
On Saturday, Ryo Eda went hiking with a group. They stopped at the popular spot that has attracted many. When he jumped from the cliff, reports from first responders indicate he was overcome by the ocean current. Local and military first responders often get called to those areas to help assist hikers and others in distress.