BP Agent rescues couple from canal

BP Agent rescues couple from canal

CALEXICO, Calif. –  A U.S. Border Patrol agent rescued a man and woman from drowning in the All-American Canal Tuesday morning.

Agents say the couple went into the water in an attempt to enter the U.S. illegally about 18 miles east of the downtown port of entry. Border Patrol Remote Video Surveillance System operators spotted the couple in the canal.

Agents say the man was pulling the woman across the canal with an inner tube as a flotation device, but they began getting sucked into a hydro-electric plant.

The officer then jumped into the water and rescued the two Mexican nationals. Officials say the agent medically evacuated the couple and determined neither one needed further medical attention.

The couple will be processed for removal from the U.S.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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