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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Rescue Drowning Pregnant Woman from All American Canal

Release Date: 
March 19, 2014

CALEXICO, Calif. –Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station rescued a pregnant undocumented alien from the dangerous currents of the All-American Canal.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m., when a concerned citizen waved down a nearby Border Patrol agent and informed him that a woman was in the canal, in distress and needed help.  Two agents responded to the bank of the All-American Canal near the intersection of Anza Road and Weed Road west of Downtown Calexico. 

Agents located the pregnant woman inside the canal and successfully deployed a rescue throw-bag for her to hold onto and pulled her to safety.  The woman was complaining of numbness in her lower extremities, which could have been early sings of hypothermia.  Emergency medical services were immediately dispatched to the area and she was later transported to the El Centro Regional Hospital for further evaluation and care. 

The woman was later released from the hospital and transported the El Centro Sector station for further processing of her illegal entry into the United States. 

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