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CBP Air and Marine Operations Searching for Firefighters Missing after Fishing Trip

Release Date: 
August 19, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two off-duty firefighters have been reported lost at sea since Friday, Aug. 16, near Port Canaveral, Fla.  CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is currently conducting search and rescue missions in hopes of locating the two men.   

Air and Marine Operations assets conducting search and rescue mission.

P-3 Long Range Tracker

Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft


Midnight Express

AMO in Jacksonville has deployed a P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew, two Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft crews, and a marine crew onboard an Interim Midnight Express to assist in the search.

AMO in Jacksonville has been closely communicating with the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to find the vessel and the individuals.

“I’ve seen the incredible support the families of these two men are receiving on social media,” said Director of Air and Marine Operations Jesse Wozniak.  “There are a lot of people working to find them and praying for their safety.  We are launching crews and assets with advanced maritime search capability in coordination with the Coast Guard to try to find them.”

AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings. 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 serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2018, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the approximate seizure or disruption of 283,503 pounds of cocaine, 301,553 pounds of marijuana, 108,444 pounds of methamphetamine, 872 weapons, and $34.2 million; 2,373 arrests; and 47,744 apprehensions of illegal aliens.

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January 4, 2022