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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued two migrants from drowning in a canal that runs along the California-Mexico border. The rescues occurred as separate incidents. Agents found a third person who drowned in the canal.
Agents assigned to the Calexico Station patrolling near the All-American Canal on Wednesday morning heard a call for help coming from the waterway. A quick search revealed a migrant woman struggling to stay afloat in the canal, according to information provided by El Centro Sector Border Patrol officials.
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The agents immediately responded and pulled the woman to safety. The agents performed an initial medical evaluation of the woman and determined she was suffering from shock and hypothermia, officials said. The agents summoned an ambulance and paramedics transported her to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Before being transported, the woman told the agents that another person was in the water and was having a hard time swimming. The agents called for Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue agents to assist in a search for the missing migrant. A few hours later, divers found a deceased migrant under the water’s surface.
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“For the second time in three days, our agents rescued people from the All-American Canal,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim said in a written statement. “It’s regrettable that our agents were not able to get to the individual who drowned. Smuggling organizations are sending some of these individuals to their deaths by leading them to cross these dangerous waters.”
Chief Kim referred to a rescue carried out by Calexico Station agents who risked their lives to save a man who was near drowning in the canal Monday evening.
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Around 6 p.m., agents using surveillance technology observed three migrants wading into the All-American Canal about 12 miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry....
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