Ysleta Station Border Patrol Agents rescued two migrants from drowning inside of the American Canal near Yarbrough and Highway 375.
“Had it not been for the heroic efforts of our Border Patrol agents, these individuals could have drowned.” said El Paso Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “We are proactively advising people not to cross the border barrier and enter the canals for their own safety. These rapid, moving waters present a serious drowning hazard for any human being.”
According to officials, Wednesday morning, Border Patrol Agents were patrolling the area underneath the Yarbrough overpass when agents were flagged down by someone on the Mexican side of the border barrier. The agents were told that two migrants were in need of help inside of the canal.
Agents immediately searched the area and found one individual hanging on to the canal ladder rungs attempting to climb to safety. The other individual was observed trying to stay afloat as the current swept him downstream.
“He was unable to get to safety or swim against the current of the canal,” Border Patrol officials share. “Agents acted swiftly and immediately threw a flotation device to the migrant until agents were able to safely rescue him from the water.”
Both migrants were found almost one and a half miles from where they first entered the canal.
Officials add that both migrants were uninjured and declined further medical attention and were expelled to Mexico under Title 42.