Border guard near Yuma rescues father, toddler trapped in canal | Arizona News

YUMA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – A border guard put his own life at risk trying to save a father and toddler from drowning on the Arizona-Mexico border.

The father and child allegedly entered the Yuma area illegally. Border guards say the father strapped the 2-year-old to his back and tried to swim across a canal. But the swift current of the water drove the couple forward, and the father could not get out of the water.

Border guards and other first responders rushed into the area to help the two. A Border Patrol helicopter crew landed nearby, and some civilians even helped secure lifelines.

Then a border guard took off his uniform and jumped into the water to save the father and son. Together with local crews and civilians, the agent brought father and son to safety. The couple was then screened for medical needs. The border guard was not injured.

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