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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agent Rescues Unconscious Woman from Submerged Vehicle in Canal

Release Date: 
May 5, 2014

EL CENTRO, Calif. –Sunday, a Border Patrol agent assigned to the El Centro Station rescued an unconscious woman from her vehicle after it plunged into a canal.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m., when El Centro Sector Communications advised Border Patrol agents of a single vehicle that had lost control and had driven into the canal at the intersection of Evan Hughes and Austin Rd.

The first Border Patrol agent arriving to the scene observed a vehicle submerged inside the canal. He immediately entered the canal in search of the driver.  Inside the vehicle he discovered an unconscious 24-year-old woman in the driver’s seat.

The Border Patrol agent extracted the woman from the vehicle and pulled her to the safety of the canal bank.  He began performing CPR until she regained consciousness.  The California Highway Patrol and Imperial County Fire and Rescue Team arrived to provide further medical evaluation.

The woman was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the nearest hospital for further medical treatment.  

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021