San Diego Sector

WATCH: Border Patrol Agents Recall Tragic Migrant Rescue Attempts

Border Patrol agents in two separate sectors along the southwest border with Mexico recalled the tragic details of rescue attempts where migrants died. Both stories detail the anguish felt by the agents who, despite their own efforts and putting their own lives at risk, were unable to save the lives of these migrants.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents rescued numerous migrants from freezing conditions near the Texas border. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Big Bend Sector)

Human Smuggling Vessel Seized with 11 Migrants Off California Coast

CBP Air and Marine Operations crews and U.S. Border Patrol agents teamed up to interdict a human smuggling incident off the coast of Southern California. The off-shore incident was the second in the past week and led to the apprehension of multiple migrants and a human smuggler.

CBP and Border Patrol agents interdict a smuggling incident where 12 people were packed on a small boat. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector)

Feds Shoot Human Smuggler’s Boat Engine off California Coast

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) interceptor boat crew shot out the engine of a human smuggler’s boat off the coast of California on Friday. A second smuggler’s boat managed to make it to shore and off-loaded its passengers. Border Patrol agents apprehended the migrants from the beached craft.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents seize a 35-foot panga off the coast of California with 18 Mexican illegal aliens onboard. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations)