Eagle Pass, Texas - Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station rescued three Ecuadorian nationals from the Rio Grande River on Wednesday evening.
Around 7:45 p.m., two men and a child attempted to illegally enter the United States by wading across the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass. The group tied shoestrings to each other in an attempt to stay together. The strong current swept them to an area where they were stuck for approximately a half-hour until responding agents were able to pull the family to safety utilizing a rescue bag.
The subjects were taken to Fort Duncan Medical Center where they received medical attention before being released to the custody of the Border Patrol.
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.