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Yuma BP agents rescue 5 from canal

Yuma-area Border Patrol agents rescued five men from a canal near San Luis, Arizona, on Tuesday, authorities said. 

The agents were responded to a report that several people had entered the United States without authorization and spotted several men, later identified only as Mexican nationals. 

As the agents approached, the men tried to evade apprehension by jumping into the Salinity Canal near San Luis, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

As agents watched the men try to swim across the "swift-flowing chilly water" it became obvious that the group could not reach either side of the canal, said Daniels. 

The agents threw flotation devices into the canal and successfully pulled all five safely from the water, he said. 

The men were treated for exposure and then transported to the Yuma Border Patrol Station for processing and further examination, said Daniels. 

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