Water Rescue In El Paso

El Paso – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Station, conducted a swift-water rescue operation this morning near Bowie High School in an incident that nearly claimed the life of two migrants in the American Canal.

This morning, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Border Patrol agents, utilizing state-of-the-art technology, spotted two subjects inside the American canal near Bowie High School. The responding agents were able to see that the two persons in the canal were having difficulty staying afloat, and in obvious distress.

Agents immediately deployed water-rescue equipment, and after repeated attempts of throwing rescue ropes, the male and female subjects were safely extracted from the canal. The female was evaluated by City of El Paso Fire Rescue personnel, while the male subject who exited on the opposite side of the canal was taken to University Medical Center for evaluation.

To date in fiscal year 2011, Border Patrol Agents have conducted a total of seven rescue attempts, while the canals have claimed the lives of four migrants.