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Agents rescue Honduran National

March 2, 2018

YUMA, Arizona A Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent working along the Colorado River near Yuma rescued a Honduran national from drowning Sunday evening, February 25. An agent assigned to the Yuma Sector Riverine Unit responded to a call reporting an individual running from the International Boundary toward the Salinity Canal.

A communications operator informed the agent that the individual had jumped into the canal north of the County 9th Street Bridge. The Border Patrol agent located the 25-year-old male clinging to the side of the canal in the fast-moving water, and deployed a rescue bag to pull the subject to safety.

The individual, was identified as a Honduran national previously deported from the U.S. in 2017. He was arrested and processed for immigration violations after his health and safety were ensured.

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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