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Border Patrol Rescues 12 from Rio Grande River

Release Date: 
August 14, 2019
Group of 12 aboard USBP boat
US Border Patrol agents rescued a
group of 12 people stranded in the
Rio Grande River after attempting
to illegally enter the U.S.

DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Eagle Pass Station Marine Unit and the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team, rescued 12 people stranded in Rio Grande River Aug. 13.

“Border Patrol agents continue to warn immigrants not to attempt to cross the Rio Grande River illegally,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our concern is that help will not arrive in time to save lives and this is especially more traumatic when children are involved.” 

Border Patrol agents rescued 12 Honduran nationals, including six children, after the group attempted to wade across the Rio Grande River near the Port of Entry in Eagle Pass. The group entered the river, with some adults carrying infant children, and became stranded in high-current waist-deep water. Marine agents and BORSTAR operators maneuvered a patrol vessel to the group and brought them safely to shore. The six children rescued ranged from 8 months to 12 years of age.

The group was evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMTs and 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 3, 2021