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Air and Marine Operations Unit Rescues Capsized Kayaker near Brownsville, Texas

Release Date: 
May 4, 2021

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents in Brownsville, Texas, facilitated the rescue of an overturnedAir and Marine Operations Unit Rescues Capsized Kayaker kayaker in the water at the Sea Ranch Marina on South Padre Island around 9:30 am April 29.  

The marine unit was conducting vessel training nearby and heard shouts from civilians at a marina dock of a person in the water.  Agents responded to the calls and located an adult in distress clinging to a dock structure.  Agents were able to pull the swimmer on board the AMO vessel.  United States Border Patrol Agents (USBP) agents conducting vessel training in the area, located and retrieved the subjects partially submerge kayak and associated gear.

Two additional adult males in the same kayaking group were located nearby who were not in distress.  Agents notified the group their friend had been located and rescued. It was later determined the subject had fallen out of his kayak and had been in the water approximately 20 minutes. The subject was returned to Sea Ranch Marina docks by agents. The rescued individual declined EMS, and no visible injuries were observed.

This rescue is an example of the varied skills and capabilities Air and Marine Operations agents utilize to protect individuals in distress while applicable enforcing laws.

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May 17, 2021