A double-amputee was rescued from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande River this week while he trying to make his way into the United States.
Agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit said they saw the vulnerable 37-year-old man by himself in a wheelchair stranded on an island in the center of the river.
The Border Patrol says he was determined to be in the United States illegally and was assisted to the U.S. shore for medical attention and processing.
Agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit said they saw the vulnerable 37-year-old man by himself in a wheelchair stranded on an island in the center of the river (pictured)
The rescue comes shortly after two similar incidents involving people with special needs.
On March 19, a Honduran man, 41 was taken into custody crossing the Rio Grande.
Border patrol agents say they realized he was unable hear or speak, making communication a challenge.
The day previous a 36-year-old Honduran woman was arrested entering the United States illegally with her step-brother.
Agents found her to have a mental impairment that caused her to become agitated and inconsolable.
The woman was calmed by her step-brother, so processing could be completed.
‘The current humanitarian crisis on the border is stressing our immigration system,’ said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez.
‘Our stations and processing centers were never designed to handle the current demographics of families and medical cases that we are experiencing.’
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.