PONCE, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Marine Interdiction Agents, rescued and provided first aid Sunday evening to an injured jet skier near Salinas, Puerto Rico.
A Ponce Marine Unit patrol boat approached a jetski navigating without lights. While interviewing the driver of the jetski, a personal flotation device got tangled in the motor.
The driver of the jetski informed the AMO crew that he was looking for his friend, who was on another jetski. Suddenly the crew heard someone moaning. The crew spotted a person in the water approximately 300 yards away.
The AMO crew reached the person who is floating in the water and proceeded to pull him out if the water, noticing the person was badly injured. The individual had scrapes and cuts on his arms, torso and back.
The subject told one of the Marine Agents that he had suffered the injuries some time before rescued him, when his jetski died and started sinking.
The AMO crew proceeded to administer first aid and cover his wounds in order to prevent bleeding. The AMO crew transported the injured male to the marina in Salinas.
The man was transported him to the Guayama Hospital Menonita for treatment and later transferred to the Trauma Hospital in San Juan.
AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.