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CBP Marine unit rescues 2 undocumented migrants floating

Release Date: 
November 10, 2015

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico –   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents rescued two men from the Dominican Republic Monday found near the Mayaguez Bay.

Air and Marine Operations marine units are prepared to rescue migrants at sea.

Air and Marine Operations marine units are prepared to rescue migrants at sea.

“Our agents remain vigilant for illegal smuggling operations, as well as assisting individuals in distress,” stated Johnny Morales Director of Air Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.

During marine patrol, a CBP Marine unit spotted two people floating in the water, about five nautical miles west of Mayaguez Bay. Both men, who claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic wore life vests and one of them exhibited signs of hypothermia.

Custody was transferred to CBP Border Patrol Agents for further treatment and immigration processing.  

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

AMO's specialized law enforcement capabilities allow AMO to make significant contributions to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts, as well as to federal, state, local and tribal agencies.  AMO conducts its mission between ports of entry, in the maritime environment and within the nation’s interior.  

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017