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Two Rescued from Open Water off Imperial Beach

A Jet Ski smuggler from Mexico allegedly abandons his human cargo to evade apprehension.

Jet Skis similar to these are often used by smugglers. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Border Patrol
Jet Skis similar to these are often used by smugglers. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Border Patrol

Wednesday night, maritime law-enforcement partners rescued a man and woman from the ocean who had entered the U.S. illegally.

The incident occurred at approximately 11 p.m., when a jet ski was observed crossing from Mexico into the U.S. As the jet ski approached the Imperial Beach Pier, the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) notified a nearby Harbor Police boat patrolling the area in coordination with other law enforcement agencies through the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM). The jet ski operator abandoned his two passengers about one and a half miles from shore and fled back to Mexico.

Harbor Police responded quickly to the area where they found a 28-year old male and a 25-year-old female. While en route to the dock, officers observed that the subjects were showing signs of hypothermia. Emergency medical services met the boat as it arrived at the dock. The couple was evaluated and transported to a local medical facility for further medical evaluation and treatment.

Both subjects were released from the hospital at approximately 2 a.m. During questioning both subjects admitted they were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. and were taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.

The U.S. Border Patrol in collaboration with Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies coordinate operations through the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM) to address the transnational maritime threat along the Southern California coast. The ReCoM mission is to increase homeland security by eliminating transnational crime along the coast. The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) in San Diego is the tactical command center for ReCoM.

If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 1-800-854-9834.

—U.S. Border Patrol

Kevin Denny May 06, 2014 at 12:16 PM
When Obama gets here he can Personally Escort these fellows across the Border Himself. A President can do that when he has a Pencil and a Phone.
Lisa May 06, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Well, if you're so intent on breaking the law and being a fugitive who's intentions are to steal and plunder the hard work of others...the least you can do is take the gamble and swim for it! And they should pay for the resources used in their rescue btw
Mar Cárdenas Gutiérrez May 06, 2014 at 11:02 PM
When did the Patch News get bought out by the Border Patrol? Or, is the author just freelancing and believes that typing out "undocumented migrants" takes too much time and effort?

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