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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents risked their lives to save a pair of migrants trapped in a canal east of Calexico, California, Monday.
Agents heard two migrants yelling for help as they patrolled the All-American Canal east of Calexico. The agents determined the calls for help came from the canal, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.
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The agents approached the canal and observed two migrants who appeared to be trapped in the thick reeds on the south bank of the canal. The agents waded into the canal and pulled the men to safety.
“The swift action of our Border Patrol agents exemplifies their dedication in protecting human life,” El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a written statement. “I am very proud of the hard work and commitment our agents demonstrate on a daily basis.”
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An Emergency Medical Technician evaluated the two men and determined they needed to be taken to a hospital for treatment. Agents arranged transportation for the pair of 22-year-old migrants to a local hospital where doctors treated them and kept them for observation for a few hours. Once doctors determined the migrants to be in good condition, they released them to Border Patrol agents who will process them for immigration violations.
Officials said this is the second time this fiscal year that their agents carried out rescues of migrants in...
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