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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Several Families from the Rio Grande River

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EAGLE PASS, Texas – During a 24-hour period and in separate incidents, Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass marine unit rescued three families attempting to cross into the United States illegally.

In total Border Patrol agents, patrolling near the Eagle Pass downtown area rescued six people in recent days.

“Our agents are constantly patrolling and ready to respond to situations where there is a threat to life.This weekend, our marine agents saved six people who risked their lives crossing the dangerous waters of the Rio Grande,” said Feliz Chavez, Chief Agent of the Del Río Sector. “Our agents relied on their training to rescue and evaluate the conditions of the adults and children they encountered.”

On August 24, while patrolling near Eagle Pass, agents observed several people struggling in the water, responding quickly, taking two people, an adult and a child, out of the river current. The father and son, both from Honduras, were evaluated for injuries, but none required medical attention.

Hours later, in a separate event, the agents observed and rescued two women and two children who were trying to cross the river, with the assistance of the Mexican migratory services. At the request of the adults, a paramedic evaluated the rescued who were then transported to the Fort Duncan medical center to receive treatment for pre-existing medical problems. After they were discharged, the two families were transferred to the Eagle Pass south station, where they were processed according to the Customs and U. S. Border Protection guidelines.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Task Force of the West Texas Corridor, which uses all federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activities, call the Del Rio Sector toll free number at 1-866-511-8727

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