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Border Patrol agent rescues woman from Sanchez Canal
A U.S. Border Patrol agent rescued a woman trying to swim across a canal west of the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis late Friday.
The woman and two other individuals were trying to cross into the United States by swimming up the Sanchez Canal at about midnight. When the water level rose while they waded through the canal, the trio tried to climb out.
However, the woman had trouble staying afloat when the water level became too high for her, according to Border Patrol.
An agent arrived on the scene and threw a rope to the swimmers, but the woman could not hold onto it. The agent then jumped into the water and pulled her to safety. He then helped the other two individuals who were still trying to exit the canal.
“Three individuals attempting to swim the Sanchez Canal ... are alive today thanks to the quick action of a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent,” a press release stated.
The three were in good health and did not require medical attention, according to Border Patrol.
After determining their condition, agents questioned their citizenship. The swimmers reportedly admitted to being Mexican nationals and were taken to the Yuma Border Patrol Station for processing.
In view of the inherent dangers, Border Patrol encourages residents to warn family and friends considering entering the U.S. illegally that it could cost them their lives.
“Dangerous waterways, exposure to the harsh elements and abuses at the hands of smugglers are just a few of the risks involved with attempting an illegal entry,” Border Patrol stated.
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