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.
“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.
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.