IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—Agents with the San Diego Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and the Border Patrol arrested a man who crossed the border in the ocean while paddling an inflatable kayak late evening on the 4th of July.
The incident began at around 10:40 p.m., when a member of the San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) observed the kayak making its way north in the Pacific Ocean near the international border.
JHOC requested assistance from OAM, which had a Midnight Express Interceptor vessel on patrol, to stop the kayaker. Just before 11:30 p.m., the OAM boat crew caught up with the man about a half mile off shore, west of the mouth of the Tijuana River.
The OAM crew arrested the man and brought him and his kayak to a pier in Point Loma. There, Border Patrol agents determined he was in the country illegally. Agents transported the 40-year-old man to a nearby station for processing and seized the kayak.
The U.S. Border Patrol in collaboration with Federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies coordinates operations through the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM) to address transnational maritime threats along the Southern California coast. The ReCoM mission is to increase homeland security by eliminating transnational crime along the coast. The JHOC in San Diego is the tactical command center for ReCoM.
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact JHOC at 1-800-854-9834 or 9-1-1.
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.