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BP agent saves drowning immigrant

March 11, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — U.S. Border Patrol agents saved an undocumented immigrant from drowning in the All-American Canal just east of here Thursday.

Agents patrolling near the canal saw three men walking on the canal bank around 2:45 p.m., according to a press release from the U.S. Border Patrol.

As an agent approached the individuals they jumped into the canal, apparently trying to swim across it to go back to Mexico.

One of the men started struggling to stay afloat. The agent threw the man a Save-a-Life disc and pulled him to safety.


One of the other men was apprehended later. The third man managed to walk back to Mexico.

The man pulled from the water was evaluated by one of the agents, who is a certified emergency medical technician, and was found in no more need of attention.

The two men captured were transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station for processing and were returned to Mexico.

Before leaving to Mexico the two men were interviewed by a Mexican consulate officer.

The man saved by the Border Patrol agents told the Mexican official, "I felt I was going to die, and had it not been for the agent I probably would have."

This is the third water rescue Border Patrol agents have done in fiscal 2001, which started in September.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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