A Texas National Guard soldier went missing Friday in the Rio Grande river in Eagle Pass while trying to rescue a migrant in the water, according to authorities.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirmed the guardsman’s death, telling reporters that the his body has been recovered. DPS said more details about the incident would be given in a later statement.
“Multiple sources tell me a Texas National Guard soldier has just drowned in the Rio Grande here in Eagle Pass while trying to save migrants in the water. Texas DPS confirms, and tells me a body has been recovered. I’m told a statement will be coming out soon,” Fox News reporter Bill Melugin posted.
The Texas Military Department later released a statement that a soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star had gone missing on a mission-related incident and the soldier has not been found. The department says reports of a fatality are “inaccurate” and authorities are working to find the soldier.
Melugin tweeted authorities are still treating the situation as a “drowning” and the body that was recovered is believed to be that of a migrant.
Less than a month ago Border Patrol and police units rescued migrants in Eagle Pass who were drowning while trying to cross the Rio Grande, video footage captured by the Daily Caller showed.
A Haitian family was rescued by agents in February after nearly drowning while trying to cross the Rio Grande River in Del Rio.
The Rio Grande presents a difficult challenge as migrants are deceived into thinking it is safe to cross the river as they fail to see the strong current underneath, sweeping migrants away.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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