Coast Guard Rescues, Apprehends Stoway

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Coast Guard boarding team turned over custody of a Dominican Republic stowaway to Customs and Border Protection agents yesterday. The man jumped off from the cargo vessel Caribbean Carrier as it was entering San Juan Harbor.

Coast Guard controllers launched a Station San Juan 25-foot response boat after being notified by the crew of the Caribbean Carrier that a stowaway aboard their vessel had jumped off the ship while it was transiting into San Juan Harbor.

The response boat crew arrived on scene, in the proximity of buoy number three, and recovered the person from the water as he was trying to swim to shore.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean Carrier moored at pier 16 where it was boarded by a team of law enforcement officers including Coast Guard Ports Waterways and Coastal Security personnel and CBP agents. The boarding team conducted a thorough inspection of the Caribbean Carrier, to ensure there was no other stowaway aboard the vessel.

After the CBP agents concluded their inspection of the Caribbean Carrier, they turned over the stowaway to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents for processing.

Souce: USCG Sector San Juan Public Affairs

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