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Yuma Sector Rescues Father and Son Swept Away in Canal

Release Date: 
July 23, 2019

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working near the Morelos Dam rescued a father and son from Honduras after they were swept away in a canal July 17.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., agents observed a father and son enter the Salinity Canal near County 8 ½ Street and the Levee Road near Yuma.

Agents noticed that the pair was struggling as the current was quickly taking them down stream. Agents deployed a rescue disc but were unable to make connection. Agents instructed the father to grab on to a nearby bush and hand the child over to agents. He complied and agents pulled the child to safety. Agent assisted the father in exiting the canal shortly after.

Neither subject complained of any injuries but were transported to a regional medical center out of caution. The father was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress as a result of the incident and received treatment.  He was later released from the hospital. 

Both subjects were processed for immigration violations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021