YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent working along the Colorado River near Yuma rescued a Honduran national from drowning Sunday evening.
An agent assigned to the Yuma Sector Riverine Unit responded to a call reporting an individual running from the International Boundary toward the Salinity Canal. A communications operator informed the agent that the individual had jumped into the canal north of the County 9th Street Bridge. The Border Patrol agent located the 25-year-old male clinging to the side of the canal in the fast-moving water, and deployed a rescue bag to pull the subject to safety. The subject was provided first-aid on scene and no further medical attention was needed.
The individual, who was identified as a Honduran national previously deported from the U.S. in 2017, was arrested and processed for immigration violations.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to transport people and contraband through Southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers may remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.