CALEXICO, Calif. – A Border Patrol agent assigned to the El Centro Sector, rescued a distressed woman who was drowning in the New River Saturday afternoon.
The rescue occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m., when agents observed an individual make an illegal entry into the United States via the New River.
The woman in the water began struggling to stay afloat and started to drown. An agent acted quickly, and threw a rescue line to the woman. The woman was able to get a hold of the rescue line and the agent pulled her to safety.
“Our agent took swift action to prevent a tragedy from happening,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.
Agents identified the woman as a 25-year-old Mexican national. The woman appeared to sustain no injuries and declined further medical attention. Agents arrested the woman for suspicion of illegal entry into the United States and taken to the Calexico station for processing.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.