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Border Patrol Rescues Two from Detroit River

Release Date: 
July 28, 2020
USBP SAFE boat
US Border Patrol SAFE boat

DETROIT — On Monday, July 27, agents from the Gibraltar Border Patrol Station rescued two kayakers who were reported missing.

At approximately 10:00 PM, Grosse Ile Police Department contacted the Border Patrol station and advised that two individuals were missing near Stony Island in the Detroit River.  The Grosse Ile Police Department received a 911 call from the father of one of the kayakers reporting them missing. Gibraltar station’s Marine Unit, which was patrolling the Detroit River in the Border Patrol’s 27-foot SAFE boat, began a systematic search of the area and was able to locate the subjects by 10:45 PM. One of the kayaks had overturned and the subject was in the water when they were found.

Both individuals, who appeared to be in good health despite their adventure, were pulled from the water and transported to shore on the Border Patrol vessel. They declined medical attention.

“Rescues such as this demonstrate the Border Patrol's commitment to the safety of the local boating community, and border safety in general, as part of our daily operations,” said John Rodrigue, Gibraltar station Patrol Agent in Charge.

Last modified: 
July 28, 2020