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With a cabin to protect the crew from the elements, Safe Boats are used to patrol deeper parts of the Rio Grande River.
Border Patrol vessel commanders train extensively to master the delicate craft of maneuvering a Safe Boat.
Avoiding the use of propellors in shallow waters, the new Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel uses advanced water jet technology.
Air boats are ideally suited to handle the shallow depths of many parts of the Rio Grande River.
Border Patrol riverine agents maneuver a SAFE boat on the Rio Grande.
Serving as an international water border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Rio Grande River is 1,896 miles long.