CBP Air and Marine Operations Unit Rescues Kayaker
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the San Diego Lifeguard Service rescued a kayaker Thursday off the coast of La Jolla, Calif.
On January 26, a vessel crew on a 38 foot SAFE boat from the San Diego AMO was alerted by the USCG that a Personal Locator Beacon Alert was in effect in the vicinity of La Jolla, Calif. AMO immediately responded and began searching the area.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., a man, who had been separated from his kayak and signaling for help, was spotted by agents about two miles west of the neighborhood of Bird Rock. The AMO crew maneuvered to the man and brought him on board.
“Our mission is to serve and protect the American people and these Air and Marine Operations Agents did just that,” said Jeremy R. Thompson, Director, San Diego Marine Unit. “I am very proud of the work of these Agents and their efforts to save this man.”
San Diego Lifeguard Services also assisted in the search and treated the man for hypothermia with the assistance of the AMO agents. The man was then transferred to the San Diego Lifeguard Dock for further medical evaluation.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.