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Water rescue crews recover two bodies in El Paso's Lower Valley

EL PASO, Texas - Water rescue crews recovered two bodies in El Paso's Lower Valley Tuesday morning, a day after authorities rescued four people from a canal in another part of the city. 

Both bodies were found in the same area of Loop 375 and Yarbrough. 

El Paso Fire Department said a water rescue team was able to recover the body of a 17-year-old male out of a canal at around 3:30 a.m. It's the same age of a male who was missing after a water rescue yesterday. 

At around 7 a.m., El Paso Fire Department tweeted they were responding to another body recovery, but in the Rio Grande River. 

Yesterday at around noon, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to the canal near Santa Fe and Calleros Court.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents called 9-1-1 after witnessing a group of five people get swept by the current.
 
A water rescue team was able to assist in pulling three females out of the water, ages 37, 36 and 17.

Firefighters transported the 37-year-old female to a local hospital. Officials said she was in serious condition.

Mexican Federal Police also pulled out a man out of the water, officials said.

Since there were reports of a 17-year-old male also in the group, the Water Rescue team and Border Patrol helicopter searched both the canal and the river until approximately 2:10 p.m.

ABC-7 is working to learn if the bodies were swept away from the area the group was rescued Monday. 

The El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public canals are extremely dangerous and should be avoided.

"The canal system is meant to move water quickly," Water Rescue Captain Kristian Menendez said. "At the surface the water appears to be moving slowly, but the center of the canal is the fastest moving part. Many times, people who jump into the canal system believe that because the water is shallow they can make it across easily. The force of the water is such that it pushes you down stream and requires good swimming techniques."  


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