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Migrant Struggling in Briar Canal Rescued by Agents

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CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector rescued an individual, at risk of drowning in the New Briar Canal Friday.

At approximately 11:49 p.m., the Remote Video Surveillance Operators (RVSS) observed an individual illegally enter the United States. RVSS observed this individual swim across and exit the All-American Canal (AAC). The individual proceeded to enter a second canal, the New Briar Canal, which runs parallel with the AAC and attempt to travel north by floating across. RVSS notice the individual struggling and having difficulty in the water. Agents in the field were notified of the situation and responded quicky to provide aid. 

At approximately 12:20 a.m., agents arrived on scene and successfully rescued the individual to safety. It was determined the individual did not have proper documentation to be in the United States legally. This individual was apprehended and transported to the El Centro Sector Centralized Processing Center to further medically evaluated and processed accordingly. 

Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued 155 migrants who have been either abandoned by smugglers, lost or in distress.

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  • Last Modified: October 5, 2022