MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) agents from the Miami Marine Unit and a U.S. Coast Guard crew provided life-saving services for a man with serious leg injuries from a boat propeller near Nixon Beach, Florida on Saturday.
CBP Marine interdiction agents provided initial first aid until the 37-year-old man could be medically evacuated by U.S. Coast Guard personnel and then airlifted for further care.
A treating physician attributed the quick action and coordinated response with saving the man's life.
"We train diligently for times like this and can shift from law enforcement to rescue mode at a moment's notice," said Miami Marine Unit Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Tony Giammillaro. "Our highly trained agents are ready to respond with our interagency partners to improve the chances of survival after an accident out on the water."
The mission of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine is to serve and protect the American people. OAM applies advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ our unique skill sets to preserve America’s security interests.
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.