A family of five Hondurans trying to illegally enter the U.S. via the Rio Grande River were saved from drowning by U.S. border agents on Saturday.
The Eagle Pass, Texas border patrol agents were on routine patrol in their airboat when they spotted the Honduran family, which included children as young as six years old, struggling to avoid drowning by in the swift waters by clinging to the stone pillars of the International Bridge.
The agents navigated over to the family, helped them into the boat, and transported them to safety. There, the family refused any medical treatment.
After it was determined that all family members were Honduran nationals, they were transported to the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
U.S. border agents along the Rio Grande are accustomed to rescuing illegal aliens from harm.
In August, border agents rescued a family of illegal aliens from El Salvador being attacked by a large swarm of bees. Responding agents utilized fire extinguishers to flush out the bees and extracted them to safety. One border agent who assisted in the rescue had to be hospitalized due to the bee sings he suffered while saving the illegal aliens.
Still, the Rio Grande River poses one of the deadliest dangers for illegal aliens, Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Mathew J. Hudak warns:
“Every year multiple lives are lost to the inherent hazards of trying to cross illegally into the United States. In Texas, one of the biggest perils that migrants can face is an unforgiving Rio Grande River.”