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CBP Air and Marine Operations Agents in Florida Rescue Boaters from Overturned Vessel

Release Date: 
September 20, 2016

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A marine crew from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) rescued two people in the Intracoastal Waterway north of the Fort Pierce Inlet last Wednesday evening.

CBP Air and Marine Operations marine crew in Florida
CBP Air and Marine Operations marine
crew in Florida

While underway, Marine Interdiction Agents assigned to the Fort Pierce Marine Unit overheard a distress call regarding an overturned vessel. Agents responded, rescued the two male boaters, and brought them aboard their vessel. A good samaritan towed the overturned vessel to Round Island Beach Park.

“This is another great example of our agents’ commitment to serve and protect the American people,” said Allen Gustafson, Director, Marine Operations, at the Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch.  “Whether they are responding to a smuggling threat or distress call, our agents remain vigilant.”

To learn more about how AMO secures the maritime border, please check out this video.

For local updates on CBP Air and Marine Operations follow @CBPFlorida and @CBPCaribbean on Twitter.

CBP Air and Marine Operations is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017