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Body recovered in canal in South El Paso

El Paso Fire Department recovered a body in a canal early Tuesday morning

Officials with the El Paso Fire Department said they have recovered a body in a canal near Coles Street and Delta Drive in South El Paso.

According to a spokesperson with the El Paso Fire Department, U.S. Border Patrol agents alerted firefighters about a body at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The man’s body was recovered just before 8:30 a.m.

A spokesperson for the Border Patrol said it's unknown if it's the body related to a heartbreaking crossing attempt that happened Sunday.

According to a release, camera operators spotted two men trying to cross near the Santa Fe Bridge. The men got into trouble right away, according to Border Patrol agents.

The Border Patrol agents said they tried to save them several times, but the men refused help and wouldn't grab the rope.

Realizing the men were drowning, one of the agents risked his own life, getting into the water to save the men, Border Patrol agents said.

The agent said he grabbed one of them and started CPR.

Fellow agents said they searched for the other man, but couldn't find him.

According to the release, the person rescued was taken to the hospital.

Crews searched for the second man for several hours on Sunday, but couldn't find his body.

The body recovered this morning has been turned over to the medical examiner's office.

So far, nine migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross into the El Paso area this fiscal year. Twenty-four people have been rescued.

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