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CBP Air and Marine Operations Fort Pierce Marine Unit Rescues Man from Overturned Vessel

Release Date: 
April 5, 2018

FORT PIERCE, Fla.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aCBP's Air and Marine Operations mission is to serve and protect the American people.gents from the Fort Pierce Marine Unit and local partner agencies rescued a man from an overturned vessel in St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart on Mar. 28.

The Air and Marine Operations marine crew responded with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to a distress call.

The Marine Interdiction Agents acted quickly to save the man after finding him clinging to the capsized vessel in choppy waters. Agents tossed a life jacket and heaving lines to reach the man and FWC personnel transported the individual to shore.

"It is situations like this where our dedicated marine agents demonstrate their unique skill set and professionalism," said Supervisory CBP Marine Interdiction Agent James Truax with the Fort Pierce Marine Unit. “Assisting a boater in distress is part of our mission to serve and protect the American people.”

CBP Air and Marine Operation’s day-to-day operations along Florida’s coastline involve patrolling the seas and skies, intercepting contraband, catching smugglers, and assisting in rescue and recovery operations. Watch a video on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations secures the maritime border.

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Last modified: 
April 5, 2018