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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Man From Rio Grande River

Release Date: 
April 14, 2020

EAGLE PASS, TexasU.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station rescued a man from the Rio Grande River, April 10.

A Border Patrol EMT was standing by to evaluate the subject.
A Border Patrol EMT evaluated the subject.

“Through vigorous training our agents are prepared to handle the broad range of situations they often encounter in the course of their duties," said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Doyle E. Amidon, Jr.  "Due to the awareness and vigilance of our agents, another life was spared from the treacherous dangers of the river and the hazardous proposition of crossing the border illegally.”

Agents performing line watch duties observed an individual begin struggling while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River near Normandy. The agents quickly deployed a rescue device and were able to successfully pull the man to safety.

A Border Patrol EMT was standing by to evaluate the subject. No further medical attention was requested. The subject was then expeditiously processed per CBP guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021