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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Young Girl Left on Island

Release Date: 
November 16, 2021
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Del Rio Sector Communications Branch (830) 778-7050

EAGLE PASS, TexasU.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Eagle Pass Station rescued a 5-year-old girl after she was left on an island, Nov. 13.

Rescue from island and reunited.
Rescued from island and reunited.

Agents encountered a group of migrants who illegally entered the U.S. near Eagle Pass, Texas. An adult female in the group reported to agents that her minor daughter was left behind on an island in the Rio Grande between the U.S. and Mexico. Agents notified the Eagle Pass Station Riverine Unit who immediately responded to the area and located a total of 10 undocumented migrants on the island, including the juvenile daughter.  The family members, both Venezuelan nationals, were immediately reunited on scene.

“Human smugglers are cold and calculated, often separating families for their own convenience or to gain compliance,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert Danley. “Thankfully our agents acted quickly and were able to locate the young girl and reunite her with her mother without incident.”

The subjects were not in medical distress and did not require medical attention.  All individuals were transported to the station for processing.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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Last modified: 
November 17, 2021