DEL RIO, TEXAS—On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station rescued a Central American mother and her young child after finding them in distress in the Rio Grande River.
Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station responded to a report of possible smuggling activity near the Water Treatment Plant. When agents arrived on scene they observed a single suspected undocumented alien abscond to Mexico. Shortly afterwards they began hearing cries for help coming from the river. After an extensive search of the area, agents were able to locate a woman and her 8-month-old child stuck in the Rio Grande River. The mother was unable to climb out of the river with her baby due to extensive amount of rain the area has received recently. Agents entered the river and were able to pull them to safety.
The mother declined medical attention. Both the mother and her child were transported to the Eagle Pass North Border Patrol Station, where agents initiated the process for their return to Honduras.
"We continue to warn against trying to enter the country illegally," said Rodolfo Karisch, chief patrol agent, Del Rio Sector. "This was a harrowing ordeal for this woman and her child. Incidents like these continue to point out the callousness of smugglers who view people as human cargo."
In fiscal year 2013, Del Rio Sector has rescued 99 individuals in 9 different incidents.
Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is an integral part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.