Border agents, rescue crews pull immigrants from stormwater drain

Immigrant rescue

EL PASO - The US Border Patrol said two more people were rescued from a stormwater drain in Sunset Heights, a Border Patrol spokesman told ABC-7.

The migrants were pulled out at around 5 am Tuesday morning. Agents reported hearing voices coming from the drain and located a man, who told agents his wife was still in the drain and unable to walk due to an injury she sustained, possibly a broken ankle.

Agents re-entered the storm drain and located the woman. An agent carried her out on his back while crawling out of the drainage system. The man and the woman were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

The search for the man and the woman started Monday evening around the stormwater drain on Main Street and Lawton Drive.

Border Patrol agents requested assistance from the El Paso Fire Department about 7 p.m. Monday.

Ben Ibarra, the El Paso Fire Department battalion chief,  told ABC-7 that Border Patrol on their cameras saw five individuals enter the drainage tunnel system. Agents were able to safely evacuate three of those individuals from the tunnels Monday evening. 

The migrants reportedly entered in an area near the river just downhill from the intersection of Lawton and Main. 

The three people rescued Monday are the ones who alerted agents to the man and the woman eventually found Tuesday morning.