MISSION, Texas — Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued three people who were struggling to swim across the Rio Grande.
The rescue occurred early Tuesday morning when agents from the McAllen Station were patrolling the river by boat and responded to suspected illegal activity near Bentsen State Park, south of Mission. Upon arrival, agents encountered three people struggling to stay afloat. Riverine agents rescued the three individuals and immediately offered them medical attention, which they declined.
The rescued individuals, one Mexican male juvenile and two Honduran men, were transported to the McAllen Border Patrol Station for further processing.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the 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.