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Drowning woman rescued by Border Patrol agents

CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector rescued a woman in peril from the All-American Canal late last Thursday.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when agents assigned to patrol eight miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry heard loud screams calling for help coming from the All American Canal. Agents responded to that area and spotted three people in the water.  One of them, a female, was in distress and struggling to swim to the canal bank.  Agents recognized that this woman’s life was in imminent danger and immediately deployed a water flotation rescue disk.  Agents successfully pulled the drowning woman to safety using the rescue disk.

The other two people were able to make it to the canal bank on their own without incident.

Agents assessed all three individuals and determined no further immediate medical attention was needed.  The people were arrested and transported to the El Centro station to confirm their identity and evaluate their criminal and immigration history.

“These callous smugglers continue to use canals like the All American Canal knowing all too well how dangerous they are,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ryan J. Scudder. “Fortunately our agents were able to respond quick and save this woman’s life.”

The three people included the rescued woman, a 22-year-old Mexican national along with two men.  A 24-year old and a 29-year-old Mexican national.  They were expeditiously removed from the United States and repatriated back to Mexico after being charged for illegally entering the United States without inspection.