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U.S. Border Patrol Saved A 13-Year-Old Boy’s Life

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The United States Border Patrol rescued and resuscitated a 13-year-old boy who nearly died in the Rio Grande this week. When the Border Patrol agents extracted the teenager from the water, he “was unconscious and not breathing, and had been underwater for more than a full minute,” a press release from the CBP revealed.


The young Honduran and his parents were plucked from the river on Tuesday. Here are the details of the rescue:

On June 25, Border Patrol agents performing maritime operations on the Rio Grande River observed two individuals struggling to stay afloat near the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. As agents moved to assist, they saw a third person a short distance down-stream, submerged beneath the surface and unmoving. Agents moved closer and pulled the lifeless teen aboard their vessel. The 13-year-old male was unconscious and not breathing, and had been underwater for more than a full minute. The vessel commander quickly performed CPR, assisted by the vessel’s crewman. Through the agents’ efforts, the teen eventually coughed up water, began breathing on his own and regained consciousness. The other two people, later determined to be the rescued teen’s parents, were recovered from the river and all were brought safely to the U.S. shore.


During the month of June, Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector arrested a group of 105 people and another group of 205 people according to a press release. Many of the illegal entrants in those groups were from Haiti and some were from South America and Africa.

“This brings the total number of large groups of over 100 people encountered in Del Rio Sector this fiscal year to three,” the press release stated.

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