The U.S. Coast Guard says two men jumped from a passing ship into the Delaware River near the Port of Wilmington in an attempt to gain access to the United States.
The Coast Guard says the men jumped from the Abou Karim III, a Lebanon-flagged livestock carrier, on Tuesday evening. One man who hasn't been identified was rescued and the second, Syrian national Omar Khalef,18, swam to the New Jersey side of the river and was apprehended by Pennsville Police around 6 Wednesday morning, according to officials.
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Nick Ameen says a tugboat crew spotted the men jumping and pulled one from the water.
Both men were transferred into the custody of Homeland Security for questioning and possible deportation.