DEL RIO, TEXAS—On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station rescued a Mexican citizen after he attempted to cross the Rio Grande River.
Around 4 a.m. agents assigned to the Del Rio Station responded to a report of possible smuggling activity near a local ranch outside of Del Rio. When agents arrived on scene they observed a group of suspected undocumented aliens crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States. When agents made contact with the subjects, two of the four men absconded to Mexico. A third subject attempted to abscond to Mexico but was swept away by the fast moving current. Border Patrol agents quickly rescued the distressed man.
The subject was then transported to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center. The subject will be processed for his illegal entry after he has been cleared by medical personnel.
The fourth man was taken into custody and processed for illegal entry into the United States.
During fiscal year 2012, Del Rio Sector agents performed a total of seven rescues. In fiscal year 2013, Del Rio Sector has been involved in rescuing 102 individuals.
Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is an integral part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.