CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a man in who was struggling and nearly drowned in the All American Canal on Friday.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m., when a Border Patrol agent observed a man in the water on the south side of the canal who appeared in distress. The agent responded and deployed a rescue disc. The man was able to grab hold of the rope and was pulled to safety on the north bank of the canal. Agents checked the man and he was unresponsive but breathing. The agent requested emergency medical support, placed the man in the recovery position and rendered basic first aid until he regained consciousness.
At 7:55 p.m., Gold Cross Ambulance Service arrived on scene. The man was transported to the El Centro Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He fully recovered and was medically cleared.
“Our agents did an outstanding job on this rescue. This is a prime example of the level of vigilance and compassion Border Patrol agents display routinely while serving the American public,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.
The man, a 19-year-old citizen of Mexico, will be processed and returned to Mexico.
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.