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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Rescues Illegal Aliens from All American Canal

Release Date: 
May 10, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - On May 9, 2012, Border Patrol agents from the Calexico Station worked together to rescue three illegal aliens from the dangerous currents of the All American Canal.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents operating a remote video surveillance system observed three individuals drifting uncontrollably in the canal. Responding agents deployed rescue throw bags and successfully pulled all three out of the All American Canal to safety.

Although the All American Canal appears to be calm, it is extremely dangerous. None of the individuals were found to be wearing a life preserving vest.

All three subjects were unharmed and found to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the U.S. The illegal aliens were transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station for further processing and observation.

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 (800) 901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017