25 migrants rescued from Kanal near Yuma; Threatened deportation
YUMA, Arizona (AP) – More than two dozen migrants, including several children, were rescued from a canal near Yuma, authorities said.
Officials from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office said a MP was on patrol at around 8 a.m. on Saturday when a group of people heard shouting from a canal.
Authorities said the migrants were in fast flowing water and had difficulty staying afloat.
The deputy and a US Border Patrol agent patrolling the opposite side of the canal used ropes and tow straps to help the 25 migrants and get them to safety.
The group was examined by medical staff, but no major injuries were reported.
Sheriff officials said the group was determined to have entered the country illegally and had been turned over to border police for probable deportation.