Corpus Christi, Texas - A Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine patrol vessel rescued three young boys clinging to a small object in the Intra-Coastal Waterway between Aransas Pass and Ingleside, Texas, on July 14.
The three boys -- ages 10, 11, and 12 -- were taken ashore and their parents were called. The boys were reunited with their parents shortly after their rescue, said Steve Eaton, director of CBP Marine Operations in Corpus Christi.
CBP marine interdiction agents were conducting routine patrol and training aboard a CBP vessel about 4:30 p.m. when they spotted the boys who began waving their arms and yelling for help.
The two marine interdiction agents approached the boys and assisted them aboard. The boys said they entered the water about one mile south of the rescue location when they became overpowered by the currents and could not return to shore. The boys said they had been in the water for about two hours.
CBP's Office of Air and Marine established 11 new Marine Units to improve the agency's intelligence-gathering and its response to maritime threats. These units will also increase response capabilities to interdict vessels attempting to approach the nation's shores within the most likely transit corridors. The Marine Unit in Corpus Christi has been operating in the area since February 2009 as part of the Houston Air and Marine Branch.
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.