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Binational Rescue Results in Saving Lives

Release Date: 
October 28, 2016

LAREDO, Texas – On October 26, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector, working with the Government of Mexico (GoM), assisted in a rescue mission of five subjects.

At about 9:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Marine Unit observed several people in distress and in need of assistance due strong water currents.  The Mexican Fire Department was on scene trying to rescue the people who were stranded underneath the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge, near the Mexican river bank.  Agents had been monitoring the group and assisted the fire department with the rescue. 

All five subjects were safely returned to Mexico by the Mexican Fire Department with no injuries. 

“This rescue demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the government of Mexico.  This type of selfless act can make a significant difference in the lives of others. It is indicative of the character found in the men and women that go forth each day in service to the public, on either side of our border,” said Jason Owens, Acting Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017