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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Family from River

Release Date: 
February 8, 2019

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Border Patrol Marine unit and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue unit in Eagle Pass, rescued five Honduran nationals from the Rio Grande River.

Border Patrol agents rescued five Honduran nationals from the Rio Grande River.
Border Patrol agents rescued five Honduran
nationals from the Rio Grande River.

“Crossing the Rio Grande River is both dangerous and illegal. The dedication and quick response of our agents prevented a tragedy this morning,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “We encourage all migrants to utilize the Ports of Entry to make a proper entry into the United States.”

At approximately 8 a.m., agents conducting maritime operations along the Rio Grande River, rescued five Honduran nationals from drowning. The subjects were observed attempting to cross the river near Camino Real International Bridge, in Eagle Pass.

The group consisted of thee adults and two children.
The group consisted of thee adults and
two children.

The group consisted of thee adults and two children, ages one and three.  The adults were struggling against the current while attempting to carry the children. One adult woman was nearly swept away by the current while carrying a child. Agents assigned to the boat units, and Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) responded and rescued the group.

The group was evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMTs, and offered medical treatment. The group was transported to the Eagle Pass South Station for processing, per CBP guidelines.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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February 8, 2019