Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Marine Unit, in partnership with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico Fire Department, recovered a total of four deceased individuals from the Rio Grande River.
The first incident occurred on October 10, at approximately 3:00 p.m., when agents observed a deceased individual floating in the Rio Grande River, near Rio Bravo, Texas. Agents notified the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office who successfully recovered and took custody of the deceased individual.
The second incident occurred on October 11, at approximately 5:30 p.m., when agents observed a deceased individual in the Rio Grande River, near Zapata, Texas. With the assistance of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, agents successfully recovered the deceased individual who was turned over to the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The third and fourth incidents occurred on October 13 and October 14 respectively. Agents while conducting patrol observed the deceased individuals in the Rio Grande River near Laredo, Texas. Given their proximity to Mexico’s riverbank, the Fire Department in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas was notified who successfully recovered both deceased individuals.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions. Our Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.