The bodies of two men floating in the Rio Grande River were recently recovered within three hours of each other by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of the nation’s borders, said Monday the bodies were recovered Friday.

“The recovery of the deceased is a grim task that Border Patrol agents too often carry out,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Attempting to cross the Rio Grande is dangerous even under the best of conditions and many times it ends in tragedy.”

The two bodies were found by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station while conducting marine operations.

The first body was found near Eagle Pass Bridge No. 1. The second body was discovered less than a half-mile upriver. The Eagle Pass Fire Department and Border Patrol marine agents recovered both bodies from the river. Local authorities were notified and took custody of the bodies.

There have been 17 deaths reported within Del Rio Sector since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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