Yuma border agents rescue father and 2-year-old from canal Monday

Yuma border agents rescue father and 2-year-old from canal Monday
A father and his two-year-old were saved from drowning in the Salinity Canal just southwest of Yuma, Monday, March 1. (Source: Yuma Border Patrol)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Monday, March 1, a Yuma Sector border agent courageously put his life in danger to save a father and his two-year-old child from a canal near the U.S./Mexican border.

According to reports, the father strapped his child to his back in an effort to illegally cross the Salinity Canal, southwest of Yuma.

Border patrol officials say it was a disastrous decision. The father and child were carried by the rapid current and unable to get out of the water.

Agents rescue father and child

A Border Patrol agent courageously put his own life in danger to save a father and his two-year-old child from drowning Monday evening. After illegally entering the United States, the father strapped the child to his back and entered a canal in an effort to cross the waterway. It was a disastrous decision as they were pushed along by the rapid current and unable to get out of the canal. As calls for emergency assistance went out to multiple agencies, Border Patrol agents and a Yuma air interdiction agent rushed to the scene along with first responders. There were many heroic actions taken during the rescue efforts ranging from a helicopter landing in the area to civilians securing rescue lines. Ultimately, a Border Patrol agent on scene removed his uniform and jumped into the water to rescue the child. Agents and civilians were also able to pull the father to safety. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending as the father and son were rescued and subsequently provided with urgent medical attention.

Posted by US Border Patrol Yuma Sector on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Thankfully multiple first responder teams were able to get on scene, and a helicopter was able to land and secure rescue lines.

Ultimately, a Yuma Sector border agent removed his uniform and jumped into the canal to rescue the child.

Agents and other civilians were then able to pull the father out of the water and back to safety.

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