McAllen Agents working near Anzalduas Dam rescued a drowning mother and her child Sunday night after a smuggler pushed them off a raft.
A Border Patrol agent observed a group of people preparing to board a raft at approximately 8:00 p.m. The agent attempted to deter the group from crossing into the United States due to the close proximity to the dam. The smuggler ignored the agent and instructed the group to board the raft.
As the raft crossed the Rio Grande, the agent saw a woman and her child struggling in the water.
The agent took matters into his own hands and jumped in to rescue the migrants, while the smuggler returned to Mexico.
From October 1, 2015 to date, agents in the RGV Sector have rescued more than 510 people. A majority of these lives were placed in danger due to tactics used by human smugglers. “Human smugglers are ruthless, heartless individuals,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. ”In this case, they not only place the lives of helpless migrants in danger but put our agents in situations where their own lives are at risk as they are forced to make split second decisions in an attempt to save others.”