Border Patrol Agents Conduct Second Rescue From Salinity Canal

Aerial view of the Salinity Canal adjacent to the Colorado River [Photo Courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection]

YUMA – With illegal human traffic increasing along the U.S. – Mexico border, for the second time in one week, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents rescued individuals from the Salinity Canal.

Last Thursday evening three illegal aliens were rescued the Salinity Canal, after they misjudged the canal’s strong currents.

Just before 8 p.m., agents responded to the canal near County 13 ½ after a group of 23 illegally crossed the border into the United States and then attempted to cross the canal. Two females and one male couldn’t escape the canal due to the fast-moving current. Agents threw rescue discs to the aliens and pulled them from the canal.

Agents had a similar rescue earlier in the week when an illegal crosser attempted to cross the same canal and struggled with the current. Agents threw a rescue disc to her and pulled her from the water.

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