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Border Patrol Agents Prevent Teen from Drowning

Release Date: 
October 5, 2011

Weslaco, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station rescued a teen on October 5, near McAllen, Texas, who was struggling to swim in the Rio Grande.

The 16-year-old boy, who is a citizen of Mexico, was rescued after agents, who were patrolling the river by boat, encountered him struggling to stay afloat. The agents safely pulled the teen out of the water and offered him medical attention, which he declined.

"People often underestimate the risk involved when attempting to illegally enter the United States by swimming across the Rio Grande," Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. "Fortunately for this young man, our agents were able to help him before this incident turned tragic."

The teen will be processed and returned to Mexico.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017