Border Patrol Rescues Family Stranded in the Rio Grande River
Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued several undocumented immigrants stranded in the Rio Grande River.
“In their attempt to enter the United States, immigrants often do not measure the risks of using improvised flotation devices in the turbulent waters of the Rio Grande," remarked Randy Davis the Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent, "I am proud of our agents and the lifesaving work they do every day.”
On May 13, agents from the Del Rio Station, conducting line watch and marine operations along the Rio Grande River, rescued several individuals stranded on an island. The people were attempting to enter the United States in an inflated child’s pool. As the marine agents approached the location they observed a family unit stranded on a small outcrop in the middle of the river. The agents quickly maneuvered their vessel and pulled the family from the island and brought them safely to dry land.
The family consisted of one adult and three children. No injuries were sustained during the incident and all were transported to the Del Rio Station for processing, 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.