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Texas National Guard soldier drowns in Rio Grande 'trying to save migrants'

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BREAKING NEWS: Texas National Guard soldier drowns in Rio Grande ‘trying to save migrants’

  • A Texas National Guard soldier has died in the Rio Grande trying to save a group of migrants, several outlets have reported 
  • The unidentified soldier drowned in the water near Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio. He was reportedly trying to save the migrants
  • The soldier’s body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday afternoon
  • It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. He has not yet been identified 

A Texas National Guard soldier has died in the Rio Grande trying to save a group of migrants, it has been reported. 

FOX reporter Bill Melugin reports that the soldier drowned in the water near Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio, and that he was trying to save migrants at the time.

The soldier’s body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the outlet early Friday afternoon.

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. 

He has not yet been identified.  

A file image of migrants being rescued from the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass in Texas where the soldier is said to have drowned today

A file image of migrants being rescued from the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass in Texas where the soldier is said to have drowned today 

The soldier's body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the outlet early Friday afternoon. Pictured is a portion of the river that runs through Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio

The soldier’s body has since been recovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the outlet early Friday afternoon. Pictured is a portion of the river that runs through Eagle Pass, a border town 143 miles southwest of San Antonio

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. Pictured is the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass in 2019. Border patrol vehicles can be seen on the US side of the river, which serves as a common crossing point for migrants coming from Piedras Negras, Mexico

It is not yet clear how many migrants the soldier was attempting to save. Pictured is the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass in 2019. Border patrol vehicles can be seen on the US side of the river, which serves as a common crossing point for migrants coming from Piedras Negras, Mexico

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