Brownsville Marine Unit rescues two distressed kayakers near South Padre Island
BROWNSVILLE, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine’s Brownsville Marine Unit recently conducted a waterborne rescue of two kayakers near the jetties in the South Padre Island area after their kayak had overturned.
“Our frontline Marine Interdiction Agents (MIAs) are assigned to ensure border security in our inland waterways and in the course of their normal patrol operations they encountered two women in the water after their kayak overturned. Our MIAs utilized their training, rendered immediate aid which helped bring the two women and their equipment safely to shore,” said John Marshall, Acting Director, Marine Operations, Brownsville Marine Unit.
On Thursday, June 12, MIAs in two Brownsville Marine Unit vessels encountered two women who were flailing their arms in the water in the Texas Brazos Santiago Pass Jetties near South Padre Island. Their kayak had reportedly overturned in the wake of the commercial vessel traffic and one of the victims indicated that the vessel fumes had triggered an asthma attack.
Crew members from one BMU vessel maneuvered alongside the women and plucked them out of the water. The other BMU vessel provided a secure zone to clear other vessel traffic and assist in the rescue. MIAs transported the two women to the Coast Guard dock at South Padre Island, notified U.S. Coast Guard Station EMS, who responded in a surface vessel and also rendered aid to the asthmatic patient. Brownsville MIAs recovered their kayak and gear and both women recovered from the incident.
CBP Office of Air and Marine’s Brownsville Marine Unit is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.