The Border Patrol has used its rescue boats to save 28 Honduran nationals who were attempted to wade across the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
“These individuals found themselves in a life-threatening situation, which is unfortunate and far too common as smugglers continue to show no empathy for people they attempt to cross illegally into the United States,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Had our agents not been there to provide rescue efforts, the situation could have ended in tragedy.”
Officials say 14 children were among the group, which was literally pushed into the Rio Grande by an immigrant smuggler, who then drove away back into Mexico. The group found itself stranded in a strong current caused by a release of water from Amistad Dam, which has elevated the river to near flood stage.
The children ranged in age from 8 months to 17 years old.
Several people were swept away by the strong current, but Marine agents were able to rescue them and take them to the U.S. shore.
They will be processed for potential asylum hearings and deportation, according to Border Patrol protocol
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