DEL RIO, Texas –U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Station’s Marine Unit rescued a family in distress in the Rio Grande on March 7.
At approximately 8:15 a.m., Del Rio Station Marine Unit agents observed what appeared to be four migrants struggling to cross the Rio Grande. Water levels were high, and the river was producing cold, strong currents endangering the lives of the migrants. Agents immediately deployed two rescue throw bags from land but were unsuccessful in reaching the family. The agents then quickly deployed an airboat and successfully rescued the father and mother, Venezuelan nationals, and their two small children, ages two and three, Panamanian nationals. The subjects did not require medical attention and transported to the Del Rio Station.
Between March 4 and 7, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents performed 45 water rescues.
All subjects were processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies and guidelines.
To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727.