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CBP Agents Rescue Man Standing Atop a Sinking Airplane Off the Florida Coast

By Steve Neavling

Customs and Border Protection agents happened upon a plane crash off the coast of Florida and rescued the lone occupant who was standing atop the sinking aircraft. 

Air and Marine Operations’ (AMO) Tampa Marine Unit was conducting a join operation with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit on Nov. 9 when agents and deputies spotted a man climbing out of the plane about a hundred miles north of Tampa along Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

“The situational awareness and quick actions of the Marine Interdiction Agents and Sheriff’s Deputies prevented a possible human tragedy,” Michael Matthies, deputy director of Marine Operations, said in a statement. “We are thankful we have the proper resources and trained personnel to perform when incidents like this present themselves.” 

AMO is responsible for assessing and confronting security threats using aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise. In the 2020 fiscal year, AMO seized or disrupted more than 194,000 pounds of cocaine, 278,000 pounds of marijuana, nearly 16,000 pounds of meth, 952 weapons and $51.5 million. AMO’s operations also led to 1,066 arrests and the apprehension of 47,872 undocumented migrants. 

About 20% of Border Patrol Agents, Employees Have Not Been Vaccinated

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

With less than two weeks before all federal employees must be vaccinated, one of five Border Patrol agents and employees have not been inoculated, The Washington Post reports, citing internal data.

As of Nov. 10, 77% of employees were fully vaccinated, and another 3% were partially vaccinated. 

About 4,000 agents and employees have not been vaccinated. About 15.5% of agents and employees requested a religious or medical exemption 

Biden’s mandate requires all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 22. Those who don’t get vaccinated face discipline and could be terminated, his administration has said. 

Earlier this month, 44 Republican lawmakers called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to avoid enforcing the vaccine mandate to prevent a mass exodus of agents and other CBP employees.

“Our men and women in the Border Patrol have worked tirelessly to manage the crisis at our southern border,” the letter stated. “This year especially, they have been subject to extraordinary amounts of mental and physical stress. With morale at an all-time low, this mandate will serve as the last straw for agents who can easily leave the agency for other law enforcement organizations at the state and local level or retire.”