DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Border Patrol Marine unit in Eagle Pass, rescued a Honduran national drowning in the Rio Grande River.
“The dangerous journey through the often unforgiving current of the Rio Grande River results in many deaths,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch. “I commend the men and women of the United States Border for their quick response and selfless dedication.”
On Nov. 24, at approximately 9 a.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Station, conducting maritime operations along the Rio Grande River, rescued a Honduran national from drowning. The subject was observed by Marine agents struggling to stay above water, and then go under. The Border Patrol Marine unit agents quickly tossed a rescue bag to the subject, who then grabbed onto it and was pulled onto the boat to safety.
The 24-year-old Honduran man was offered medical treatment but declined. He was then 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.
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.