US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

CBP Air and Marine Operations and partners rescue 2 people in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
April 27, 2021
Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine
The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine, turbo-prop, fixed-wing
 aircraft used by Air and Marine Operations (AMO) to conduct
overland aerial patrol. This aircraft is also used for enforcement
 relocation of personnel and equipment.

WASHINGTON — CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) partnered with U.S. Border Patrol and Kennedy County Sheriff’s Office deputies to rescue two individuals near an emergency call location in the Rio Grande Valley area.

On April 12, while on patrol in the Rio Grande Valley sector, a NASOC-SA, PC-12 crew responded to a 911 call to locate a lost child in the Rio Grande Valley. The PC-12 crew located two distressed and lost individuals in the brush near a ranch road and coordinated with Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents to assist. The aircrew remained on scene until Kenedy Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to render assistance to the rescued individuals.

NASOC-SA operates a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 medium-range manned aircraft capable of high-altitude detection and surveillance for federal, state, local, and tribal investigative support operations.

AMO safeguards our nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2020, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of 194,220 pounds of cocaine, 278,492 pounds of marijuana, 15,985 pounds of methamphetamine, 952 weapons and $51.5 million, 1,066 arrests, 47,872 apprehensions of undocumented migrants.

For more information about CBP, visit: CBP.govFlickrDVIDS, or follow us on Twitter at @CBPAMO and @CBPAMONASOXD.

Last modified: 
May 17, 2021