Texas National Guard soldier drowns in Rio Grande ‘trying to save migrants’


BREAKING NEWS: Texas National Guard soldier drowns in Rio Grande ‘trying to save migrants’

  • A Texas National Guard soldier has died in the Rio Grande trying to save a group of migrants, several outlets have reported 
  • The unidentified soldier drowned in the water near Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio. He was reportedly trying to save the migrants
  • The soldier’s body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday afternoon
  • It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. He has not yet been identified 

A Texas National Guard soldier has died in the Rio Grande trying to save a group of migrants, it has been reported. 

FOX reporter Bill Melugin reports that the soldier drowned in the water near Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio, and that he was trying to save migrants at the time.

The soldier’s body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the outlet early Friday afternoon.

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. 

He has yet to be identified.

The ill-fated rescue comes as the continues to grapple with it escalating border crisis, which has seen a record 221,303 migrants apprehended by US border officials – 55,409 more than the month prior.

The number eclipsed a previous record set in July 2021, with CBP apprehending 213,593 migrants that month alone.

A file image of migrants being rescued from the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass in Texas where the soldier is said to have drowned today 

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. Pictured is the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass in 2019. Border patrol vehicles can be seen on the US side of the river, which serves as a common crossing point for migrants crossing from Mexico

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. Pictured is the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass in 2019. Border patrol vehicles can be seen on the US side of the river, which serves as a common crossing point for migrants crossing from Mexico

Immigration agencies could run out of money as soon as early July if Title 42 is lifted next month. Pictured: Customs and Border Protection agents struggle with an asylum seeker from Russia in El Paso, Texas on April 14, 2022

Immigration agencies could run out of money as soon as early July if Title 42 is lifted next month. Pictured: Customs and Border Protection agents struggle with an asylum seeker from Russia in El Paso, Texas on April 14, 2022

Last month reached a new high of illegal immigrant crossing with CBP encountering 221,303 migrants. It was a new high from July of 2021, when apprehensions reached 213,593

Last month reached a new high of illegal immigrant crossing with CBP encountering 221,303 migrants. It was a new high from July of 2021, when apprehensions reached 213,593



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