Three bodies have been pulled from the river along the U.S. – Mexican Border early Tuesday morning, according to the El Paso Fire Department.
The first recovery happened around 3:25 a.m. in the Rio Grande near Yarbrough. Initially, EPFD tweeted that the body was that of a 17-year-old boy who had been swept away in the rushing water in South El Paso on Monday, while three other members of his party were rescued.
Later, EPFD clarified that the body was actually that of a teenage girl. About 7:15 a.m. EPFD Water Rescue teams were called back to the same location in the Rio Grande at Yarbrough to recover a second body, also believed to be a woman in her 20’s.
An hour later, EPFD was dispatched to the Rio Grande a 1000 South Santa Fe, near the location of yesterday’s water rescue to reports of a third body. At this time, officials believe the third body is that of the missing teenage boy from Monday’s rescue, but have not officially confirmed the details.
One of the three women rescued on Monday afternoon was still listed in critical condition as of the last update from EPFD officials.
Border Patrol Agents on the scene told NewsChannel 9 that the El Paso sector has already surpassed the number of water rescues in 2017 than at this time in 2016.