EASTPORT, Maine — On March 12, at approximately 12:30 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calais Station, assisted a Canadian vessel that was in distress near Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
The Calais Border Patrol Station’s Marine Unit heard a marine frequency distress call asking for immediate help. The distress call came from a local fishing vessel, stating that engine failure had occurred and that the vessel and occupants were in imminent danger of being washed onto the rocks off the shore of Campobello Island. Campobello is located in Canadian waters adjacent to Eastport, Maine.
The Calais Station Border Patrol Marine Unit quickly responded and was able to locate the vessel and safely rescue the two individuals onboard. The U.S. Border Patrol vessel sustained minor damage during the rescue effort.
“Our agents performed admirably, and are to be commended for their efforts in this successful rescue,” said Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Daniel R. Hiebert. “Although marine rescue is not our primary mission, we will never hesitate to respond to those in distress or those requesting assistance.”
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