A man is rescued from a swift-moving South Central El Paso Canal early Friday morning.
According to El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) officials, crews were called to the 800 block of San Marcial by Border Patrol . The first unit arrived on the scene at 1:52 a.m. and firefighters were able to spot the person holding on to a rope being held by Border Patrol agents.
The Water Rescue team was immediately dispatched and was able to enter the water and rescue the male inside the canal at 2:16 a.m. The man was transported to an area hospital.
“The canal system is meant to move water quickly,” Water Rescue Captain Kristian Menendez said. “At the surface the water appears to be moving slowly, but the center of the canal is the fastest moving part. Also many times many of the people who jump into the canal system believe that because the water is shallow they can make it across easily. The force of the water is such that is pushes you down stream and requires good swimming techniques.”
There were no injuries to fire personnel. A total of 6 units and 14 crewmembers from the El Paso Fire Department responded to this incident, as well as the El Paso Police and the U.S. Border Patrol Agents.
The El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public that canals are extremely dangerous and should be avoided. People often get swept away because they don’t understand the mechanics of the water.