US border patrol agents save three migrants from being swept away and drowning in the Rio Grande
- Three migrants trying to cross from Mexico to the United States nearly drowned in the Rio Grande on Monday before border patrol agents rescued them
- Agents from the Eagle Pass Station Riverine Unit assisted the individuals and helped them onto a vessel
- The migrants were provided medical assistance and taken to a local border station for processing
At least three migrants were rescued after being swept away and nearly drowning in the Rio Grande river while attempting to cross from Mexico into Texas.
Video footage showed the three individuals struggling to stay afloat and swimming to a steel column as the current picked up strength in the Rio Grande on Monday.
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station Riverine Unit pulled the migrants out of the river and onto the airboat.
‘Fighting 25 mph winds & strong currents, agents risked their own lives to pull them to safety,’ Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent Jason D. Owens said.
The nationalities of the three individuals were not released.
Three migrants struggle to stay afloat in the Rio Grande on Monday afternoon before border agents rescued them near the Mexico-United States border in Texas
U.S. Border Patrol said the agents fought 25 mph winds while trying to rescue three migrants who were trying to reach the United States while swimming across the Rio Grande
U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows that U.S. Border Patrol officers rescued 12,833 migrants at the southwestern border in fiscal year 2021, which spanned from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
By comparison, agents saved 5,071 individuals throughout fiscal year 2020 and 4,920 migrants in fiscal year year 2019.
However, some were not as fortunate during the perilous treks across the river and land border that divides the United States and Mexico.
Border officers lift migrants into an airboat during Monday’s rescue attempt in the
Eagle Pass Station Riverine Unit agents pulled three migrants from the Rio Grande on Monday
Colombian mother Claudia Marcela Peña and her 11-year-old daughter María José Sánchez died of heat exhaustion on August 26 after they were abandoned by a smuggler in the Arizona desert.
Peña managed to call 911 and attempted to provide her location to the emergency operator before her cell phone’s battery lost power.
A CBP Air and Marine Operations unit was dispatched and found three-year-old Cristian David Morales next to his mother’s and sister’s bodies.
The boy was eventually reunited with his father in Florida.