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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Save Lives Left in the River

ROMA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Riverine agents patrolling the Rio Grande continue to save the lives of illegal aliens abandoned in the river by smugglers.

Early this morning, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Riverine Unit observed a raft in the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas. The raft was set adrift by smugglers from the Mexican riverbank and immediately taken by the river’s current. Agents reported the raft was in danger of capsizing due to being overloaded with 13 subjects and heading straight for the pillars underneath the Roma Port of Entry. Agents quickly intercepted the raft and escorted it to the U.S. Riverbank. Agents identified the 13 subjects as family units from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Hours later, the Riverine Unit observed another raft full of people illegally crossing the Rio Grande. As the agents responded to intercept the boat, the occupants of the boat jumped out and attempted to swim back to Mexico. One of the subjects immediately began to struggle to stay afloat. Agents immediately rushed to the drowning man and got him out of the water.

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