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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Rescue 5 in Salinity Canal


December 16, 2016

YUMA, Arizona When Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responded to a report of several individuals entering the United States illegally on Tuesday, December 13, the group tried to evade apprehension by jumping into the Salinity Canal near San Luis, Arizona.

As agents observed the individuals attempt to swim across the swift-flowing, chilly water, it became obvious that the group would not reach either side of the canal. Agents immediately deployed rescue devices and pulled all five individuals safely from the canal.

Agents treated the group on scene for exposure before transporting them to the Yuma Border Patrol Station for processing and further examination. All were identified as Mexican nationals.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents continue to combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



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