EAGLE PASS, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents near Eagle Pass, Texas, saved a Honduran family of three from the Rio Grande River on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019.
One of the family members, a 13-year-old, had drowned, was recovered by the agents, pulled aboard their airboat, and revived with CPR.
The agents, assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station marine unit, were performing maritime operations on the Rio Grande River when they 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," according to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
"Agents moved closer and pulled the lifeless teen aboard their vessel," continued the statement. "The 13-year-old male was unconscious and not breathing, and had been underwater for more than a full minute."
The vessel commander performed CPR on the lifeless teen, assisted by the crewman.
"Through the agents’ efforts, the teen eventually coughed up water, began breathing on his own and regained consciousness," stated the agency.
“Words cannot express my gratitude nor convey the sense of pride I have for these agents," said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. "Without a doubt, their quick life-saving actions brought this young man back from the brink of death.”
The other two people, determined to be the teen's parents, were also recovered and brought to the U.S. shore.
The family, all from Honduras, were evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMT agents until EMS personnel arrived and transported the teenager and his mother to an area hospital for additional treatment.
"After being medically cleared, the family was taken to the Eagle Pass South Station where they were processed per CBP guidelines," stated the agency.