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Spokane Sector Border Patrol Agents Rescue 70-Year-Old Kayaker

Release Date: 
July 10, 2019

CURLEW, Wash. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Spokane Sector rescued a distressed kayaker on the Kettle River north of Curlew Tuesday.


The Ferry County Sherriff’s Office requested assistance after receiving a call regarding a 70-year-old woman who was trapped by a log in the swift current of the river after her kayak flipped over. Agents responded to an area about one mile north of Curlew and found the woman still trapped under the log and fighting to stay above the water. Due to the extreme hazards of the situation and the woman’s visible physical exhaustion, agents entered the fast moving waters and pulled her to safety on the adjacent riverbank. Shortly thereafter, Ferry County EMS arrived, stabilized the woman and transported her to Ferry County Memorial Hospital. As of this morning, the woman has been released and is recovering at her residence.


“This is another great example of the heroism displayed by U.S. Border Patrol agents when someone is in need of assistance,” said Chief Patrol Agent Henry Rolon.  “My agents are always willing to help those in need, thereby increasing the safety and security of the communities in which we serve.  I appreciate the fact that our local partners know that we can rely on each other for whatever situation might arise.”

Last modified: 
July 10, 2019