DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Eagle Pass South Station Marine Unit rescued three people, including two small boys, stranded in the Rio Grande River, Aug. 28.
“I am extremely proud of the lifesaving efforts put forth by Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “However, it is disheartening that families continue to put their lives and the lives of their children at risk of drowning and heat related injuries by crossing the dangerous Rio Grande River and through the surrounding desert.”
Border Patrol agents rescued three Honduran nationals, including two children ages 3 and 5, after the group attempted to wade across the Rio Grande River near the Port of Entry in Eagle Pass. The group entered the river, with the mother carrying one small child and assisting the older boy. They became stranded in high-current waist-deep water. Marine agents maneuvered a patrol vessel to the group and brought them safely to shore.
The group was evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMTs and processed per CBP guidelines.
Since Oct. 1, 2018 to date, Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector have rescued over 470 individuals. During the same time last year, Del Rio Sector agents had rescued 103 individuals.
Interviews are available upon request by calling the Del Rio Sector Strategic Communications Branch at the number above.
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.