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Border Patrol Agents Save Father and Son from Drowning

Release Date: 
February 26, 2019

EAGLE PASS, TexasU.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the marine unit in Eagle Pass, rescued a father and son from the Rio Grande River.

Agents deployed a rescue rope, and safely pulled them both aboard the vessel.
Agents deployed a rescue rope, and safely
pulled them both aboard the vessel.

“Migrants continue to ignore the hazards and risk their lives by attempting to cross the Rio Grande River,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Thankfully our marine agents were able to respond quickly and prevented a loss of life.”

On Feb. 23, agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit, observed two individuals begin to make their way toward the United States side of the Rio Grande River across the international border from Piedras Negras, Mexico. The two people quickly began to struggle to stay afloat in swift current. The agents immediately recognized the danger and navigated their service vessel toward the individuals, deployed a rescue rope, and safely pulled them both aboard the vessel.

The father, 33, and son, 16, both nationals of Guatemala, were not injured and refused medical treatment. Both were processed 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.

Last modified: 
February 26, 2019