Port Huron, Mich - On September 4, Port Huron marine interdiction agents from the Great Lakes Office of Air and Marine (OAM) along with a Customs and Border Protection officer were underway on the Black River in Port Huron when they were alerted to an emergency situation. Local residents alerted the 38' SAFE boat from the shore that a boat was sinking in the St. Clair River. Upon notification marine interdiction agent Ed Doherty, who was the vessel commander, navigated the vessel to the mouth of the Black River where the crew observed two men in the water as their boat was capsizing. With winds gusting due to a cold front that had moved into the area, agent Doherty meticulously maneuvered the vessel against a swirling 5 mph current and was able to pull both gentlemen into the OAM SAFE boat.
"This rescue should be credited to the quick thinking locals on shore that alerted us to the two gentlemen," said supervisory marine interdiction agent Brian Thompson. "Without them notifying us so quickly, these two could have been in serious trouble with the low water temperature and the speed of the current."
The Port Huron OAM team remained on scene until a marine salvage company was able to tow the capsized vessel back into the marina. The two gentlemen declined medical attention and were transported back to Desmond Marina in Port Huron.
The mission of the Office of Air and Marine (CBP OAM), the world's largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization, is to protect the American people and the nation's critical infrastructure through the coordinated use of integrated air and marine forces to detect, interdict and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States.