Children among those rescued from Rio Grande trying to enter US

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Children among those rescued from Rio Grande trying to enter US

A family of four — including a young girl who cried in the arms of US Border Patrol agents — was rescued from the dangerous waters of the Rio Grande while trying to cross from Mexico to Texas, border officials said Wednesday.

The family was spotted Monday morning near Del Rio, Texas, struggling in the rapid waters, which were cold in early March, and border agents in an airboat quickly approached them, according to officials and video of the incident.

“The children first,” a Border Patrol agent can be heard saying in Spanish in the video, as he directs the parents to hand over the kids, who are 2 and 3 years old.

US Border Patrol agents rescued a family of four from the Rio Grande river as they attempted to cross from Mexico into Texas.
US Border Patrol agents rescued a family of four from the Rio Grande as they attempted to cross from Mexico into Texas.
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The youngest child being brought onto the boat from the river.
The younger child being brought onto the boat from the river.
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The mother and father are then pulled into the boat.

“I can’t emphasize this enough. Crossing the river is extremely dangerous! This year, we’ve already had several people drown (including kids) DON’T DO IT,” tweeted Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.

In just the last week, border agents in the Del Rio area have conducted at least 45 water rescues, says the agency.

The parents are Venezuelan citizens and the children are Panamanian citizens.
The parents are Venezuelan citizens and the children are Panamanian citizens.
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The family on the boat after being rescued.
The encounter happened near Del Rio, Texas.
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The family did not need medical care. The parents are Venezuelan citizens and the children are citizens of Panama.

The Border Patrol said the family will be processed in “accordance with US Customs and Border Protection policies and guidelines.”

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