FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations responded Sunday to a distress call and rescued a SeaDoo vessel with 4 occupants on board, which drifted because mechanical failure and bad weather.
“Our Marine Interdiction Agents are prepared to stop illegal smuggling operations as well as assist boaters in distress,” stated Johnny Morales Director of Air Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.
The distress call was made during an afternoon squall that had hit northeastern coastal area, indicating that the vessel had lost mechanical power between Cayo Icacos and Cabezas de San Juan natural reserve. The vessel master indicated that the vessel was drifting towards the reef with two adults and two children onboard.
The CBP marine unit found winds gusting to 40 knots and 8 foot seas in-route to the disabled vessel which was towed to a final destination of Villa Marina in Fajardo.
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.