FORT PIERCE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents from the Fort Pierce Marine Unit rescued a missing diver approximately 18 nautical miles off the coast Wednesday afternoon.
A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Fort Pierce received an initial report of a missing diver and CBP marine interdiction agents on a patrol along the coastline responded to assist in a joint search.
The Fort Pierce Marine Unit responded to the location and determined from the dive operator that a man had been missing for about an hour.
The CBP marine agents determined probable drifting paths and subsequently located the missing diver about five miles from the initial location.
“The training and expertise of our agents is crucial during a search and rescue effort,” said Fort Pierce Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Phil DiMarco. “It’s truly a collective effort in the maritime environment where every second counts when a life is on the line.”
The mission of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine is to serve and protect the American people. We apply advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ our unique skill sets to preserve America’s security interests.
With 1,200 federal agents, 267 aircraft and 283 marine vessels operating from 91 locations throughout the United States, OAM uses its sophisticated fleets to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments at and beyond U.S. borders.
To report suspicious maritime activity: Call 800 BE ALERT or (800) 232-5378.
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.