Border Patrol Rescues ‘innocent Life' From an Especially Deadly Rio Grande

Border patrol agents helped rescue a Mexican citizen from the Rio Grande, swollen to five times its usual depth.The man was swimming or fishing on the Mexico side of the border Thursday when he was trapped in high water and couldn't get back to the shore."A necessary release of water by the International Boundary and Water Commission at Amistad Dam resulted in a much higher and even more dangerous river in recent weeks," Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez said.Alerted to the emergency by a Mexican relief organization, a rescue team from the Del Rio Sector that Chavez leads were dispatched to rescue the man.Border agents found him clutching carrizo cane vegetation to stop from being swept downstream by the strong current. They threw him a lifeline and pulled him to safety on the U.S. side of the border."Thanks to the partnerships we maintain with our Mexican counterparts and the fast action of our agents, an innocent life was saved," Chavez said.  Continue reading...

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