Border Patrol Agents Rescue Six from Rio Grande River
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station Marine Unit rescued multiple migrant families who attempted to cross the Rio Grande River, Oct. 17.
“Smugglers continue to show no concern for families attempting to illegally enter the United States,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “I commend our agents for their swift actions, preventing a potential loss of life.”
Border Patrol agents rescued six Haitian nationals, including two children under the age of 1, after the group attempted to wade across the Rio Grande River near the Del Rio Port of Entry. Border Patrol agents performing maritime operations observed a group of people struggling to cross the river, due to the depth of the water along with the swift current. Marine agents maneuvered a patrol vessel to the group and assisted the individuals safely aboard. Agents then shuttled them to the U.S. riverbank where assisting agents were waiting.
Agents rescued a total of six Haitian nationals, including two children. All six were offered medical assistance, however, no injuries were reported. The group was transported to the Del Rio Station and processed per CBP guidelines.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.