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Border Patrol agents save pair of undocumented immigrants from nearly drowning in All-American

May 08, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Quick thinking of U.S. Border Patrol agents helped save two undocumented immigrants from drowning in the All-American Canal.

A press release from the U.S. Border Patrol states that around 4:40 p.m. Monday two agents saw two people trying to swim across the All-American Canal about two and a half miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.

The agents noticed the immigrants were having trouble swimming and were yelling for help.

One agent threw a floating disk to one of the immigrants while the other agent ran the bank of the canal and got into the water.

The agent handed the immigrant a rope and pulled him out of the water. The other immigrant got out of the water with the assistance of the disk.


No one was injured and the immigrants did not need any further medical attention.

The Mexican consulate was notified of the incident and the two undocumented immigrants were returned to Mexico.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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