HIDALGO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved the life of a man who was drowning in a settling basin Monday.
The rescue occurred just after 1 a.m. when agents assigned to the Weslaco Station were working near the settling basin south of Hidalgo and saw a man struggling to stay afloat in the water. The agents jumped into the water and brought the man ashore. The Hidalgo Fire Department arrived and the man was evaluated by emergency medical personnel.
In an unrelated incident on Saturday, agents at the Falfurrias Checkpoint rescued two men from the trunk of a car. The men, who are from El Salvador, were detected by a Border Patrol K-9 during an immigration inspection. The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested and the vehicle was seized.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.