MOBILE, ALA.—On August 27, during a joint maritime operation, CBP air and marine agents and a CBP officer rescued a boater and his two canine companions from their small-capsized craft.
While on patrol during a 3-day operation, a CBP marine vessel came upon a small overturned craft, which had left the stranded seaman and his two canines standing on the bottom hull of the craft. CBP personnel responded immediately in rendering assistance to the boater, by pulling him and the canine "crew" from the water.
The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Pensacola, Florida, was called to transport the boater and his two sea faring canines for medical evaluation/treatment. The boater said that a rogue wave engulfed the transom and capsized the vessel. He and his passengers had been in the water for 30-45 minutes prior to CBP's arrival.
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