On Tuesday, officials with U.S. Border Patrol announced that agents from the Ysleta Station rescued a man who nearly drowned in the American Canal, which runs alongside the Rio Grande.
According to officials, on July 26, Ysleta Border Patrol Agents were conducting routine surveillance duties when they heard a cry for help.
Agents raced to the area and found a man in danger of being swept away, clinging to a steel ladder, in the swift-moving water.
Ysleta agents successfully pulled the man to safety and a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician arrived on scene to medically evaluate him.
“The coordination and quick response times of our agents and camera operators helped save this individual’s life,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “The video clearly shows the limited visibility under which the night time rescue was conducted, along with the danger posed by the force of the currents.”
The 26-year-old Honduran national was transported to a local hospital, released a few hours later and was subsequently returned to Mexico.
Video courtesy U.S. Border Patrol.