A NATIONAL Guard soldier has reportedly drowned while trying to save migrants in the Rio Grande River near the southern border.
The soldier drowned in the river near Eagle Pass, Texas, and Mexico on Friday, Fox News reported.
The soldier's body has been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the outlet.
It's unclear how many migrants the trooper was attempting to rescue.
The soldier has yet to be identified.
The deadly rescue mission comes on the heels of the escalating border crisis.
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Last month, a harrowing video showed three people fighting for their lives in the water near the border town of Laredo, Texas, with only their heads bobbing above the surface.
“You don’t have life jackets, nothing? They’re drowning, these guys!” local fisherman Jesus Vargas, who took the video, can be heard shouting at US Border Patrol agents standing on the shoreline nearby.
“That girl didn’t come out no more!” Vargas yells at one apparent victim.
The quick-thinker used his fishing reel to save one boy, about 13 years old, but he couldn't save the rest.
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Border Patrol said only two people perished from the river's strong currents.
“Two individuals succumbed to the dangerous currents of the Rio Grande river and perished,” the statement said.
The incident was part of a human smuggling attempt,” the agency’s Laredo sector posted on Facebook.
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The post said that agents saw several people attempt to swim across the river into Mexico and that some were taken into custody while others safely made it to the Mexican riverbank.
The video that Vargas shot appears to show Mexican authorities recovering a body on the opposite side of the river.
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