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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Rescues Surfing Santa From Niagara River

Release Date: 
December 23, 2011

Buffalo, N.Y. - While patrolling the Niagara River on December 23, the United States Border Patrol Buffalo Station Marine Unit rescued a man known as the Surfing Santa.

John Fulton, a Canadian citizen, was windsurfing near Strawberry Island when the mast on his windsurfing board broke and he fell into the water. In their 25-foot safe boat, Border Patrol agents arrived on the scene and pulled Mr. Fulton from the 42-degree water, returning him safely to shore.

Shortly after the rescue, the Border Patrol escorted him to the Peace Bridge Port of Entry in Buffalo, New York, where he returned to Canada.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021