A U.S. Border Patrol Agent, assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers teamed up for an emergency water rescue near the Chihuahuita neighborhood in downtown El Paso.
According to officials, the rescue took place Friday morning, just after 1 a.m., when El Paso Border Patrol Agents spotted three people entering the United States illegally, just west of the Paso Del Norte international crossing.
As the three were trying to get away from Border Patrol agents, CBP Officers – who were conducting northbound train inspections at the railroad crossing – spotted them entering the American Canal.
“The Border Patrol Agent and the three CBP officers noticed the three individuals were in extreme danger in the cold and swift moving waters, one person was quickly swept under the canal water gate,” officials shared. “A responding CBP canine officer was able to reach down and pull the person to safety.”
As the first rescue was taking place, the Border Patrol Agent, along with the CBP officers, set up a water safety line and rescued the remaining two people from the canal.
All three were later identified as Mexican nationals; two were 18 and one was a 17-year-old.
“Interagency cooperation is an integral part of CBP. In this case the immediate reaction by our agent and the three CBP Officers saved the lives of three individuals who were trapped in the dangerous swift currents of the American canal,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
“The inherent danger with attempting to cross into the United States illegally is present, not only in isolated desert areas, or in the hands of criminal organizations but also in the swift waters of the American Canal.”