A six-hour nighttime maritime search operation led to the apprehension of 15 migrants on a boat off the coast of California. The search involved a coordinated effort between CBP’s Air and Marine Operations aircrews and water-based rescue vessels.
During the night of September 9, an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrew situated on a multi-role enforcement aircraft spotted a panga leaving Mexico and heading to the United States, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The agents onboard the aircraft for several hours before handing it off to a second AMO multi-role enforcement aircraft.
The two aircraft tracked the panga for nearly six hours as it made its way to the coast of California near San Diego.
The second search aircraft sent coordinates to a crew on an interdiction vessel and gave them vectors to the panga.
At about 3:20 a.m. on September 10, the boat