Laredo, TX - Laredo Sector Agents assigned to the marine unit rescued four Mexican Citizens today.
On November 14, 2012, Laredo Sector Marine Units were alerted by Laredo Sector Communications to dispatch to the orphanage area on Highway 83. Camera Operators spotted several individuals attempting to cross into the United States. As marine units arrived on the scene, they encountered four distressed subjects in the middle of the Rio Grande River that did not know how to swim and were having difficulty staying afloat. The marine unit rescued the four subjects and turned them over to Laredo South Border Patrol agents waiting on the U.S. riverbanks.
According to the four subjects, the smuggler left them as he heard the boat approaching and took the inter-tubes, which they used to cross. Basic medical attention was provided to all four subjects; however, they declined further medical treatment. All subjects will be processed accordingly.
"Smugglers will exploit undocumented immigrants without regard for human life. I commend our Border Patrol Agents for their quick action in saving the lives of these individuals" said John C. Esquivel, Acting Chief Patrol Agent of the Laredo Sector.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents have rescued a total of 221 people in fiscal year 2012.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
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.