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Del Rio Border Patrol Agents Rescue Salvadoran Mother, Daughter From Rio Grande

Release Date: 
April 28, 2014

DEL RIO, Texas – On Thursday, Border Patrol agents rescued two undocumented immigrants after they attempted to illegally cross the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass.

At approximately noon Thursday, Eagle Pass Station agents responded to possible smuggling activity near the Camino Real International Bridge. When agents arrived, they observed a woman along with a child – later identified as a 35-year-old and her 13-year-old daughter, both nationals of El Salvador – struggling in the water to stay afloat. The agents responded quickly by deploying flotation devices to the struggling victims, then safely pulled them from the river and onto their patrol boat.

Both mother and daughter declined medical attention and were transported to the Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station and processed according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection policy.

“All of our agents are trained in basic first aid and water rescue, and utilize these skills in their everyday duties. The agents at the scene were able to respond quickly and prevent the loss of life of these two individuals. I commend them for their actions,” said Rodolfo Karisch, Chief Patrol Agent, Del Rio Sector. “This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to enter the United States illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River.”

The rescue came two days after a Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team was called to aid a group of 10 undocumented immigrants stranded on an island in the Rio Grande, near Carrizo Springs.

Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is an integral part of the South Texas Safety Initiative and the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.