Texas National Guard missing in Rio Grande after trying to save drowning migrant

EAGLE PASS, Texas — A Texas National Guard soldier is missing in the Rio Grande after trying to rescue a drowning migrant north of town. A thorough search is underway after the soldier entered the waters early Friday. The search involves air crews from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol divers.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: The Texas Military Department released the following:

A Texas Army National Guard soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star goes missing along the river during a mission-related incident, Friday, April 22, 2022 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The soldier has not been found. We are aware of reports of one death, although these reports are inaccurate. The Texas Military Department, Texas DPS and Border Patrol are working quickly to find the soldier. More details will be released as they become available.

Multiple agencies also converged on the site where the soldier and migrant disappeared. Eagle Pass Fire helped for several hours.

The soldier was deployed on Operation Lone Star. According to several sources at CBP, the soldier entered the water and was carried away by the currents.

The potentially tragic incident is just one of the latest in the dangers posed by dangerous river currents near Eagle Pass. As Breitbart reported, nine migrants drowned in a week earlier this month.

This is a developing story.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol Stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.


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