DEL RIO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Border Patrol marine unit and Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit in Eagle Pass rescued five Honduran nationals from the Rio Grande Friday.

“Crossing the Rio Grande River is both dangerous and illegal. The dedication and quick response of our agents prevented a tragedy this morning,” Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said in a press release. “We encourage all migrants to utilize the Ports of Entries to make a proper entry into the United States.”

At approximately 8 a.m. Friday, agents conducting maritime operations along the Rio Grande rescued five Honduran nationals from drowning. The subjects were observed attempting to cross the river near Camino Real International Bridge in Eagle Pass.

The group consisted of three adults and two children. The adults were struggling against the current while trying to carry the children. One woman was nearly swept away by the current while carrying a child.

Agents assigned to the boat units and Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue responded and rescued the group.

The group was evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMTs and offered medical treatment. They were then transported to the Eagle Pass South Station for processing, per CBP guidelines.

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.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 866-511-8727.