A U.S. Border Patrol boat patrolling the Rio Grande was shot early Friday morning from the riverbank on the Mexican side, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) reported for its acronym in English).
There were more than 50 rounds of fire and the boat was hit multiple times, but no one on board was injured, according to the agency.
Shots were heard as officers patrolled near Fronton, Texas, the Rio Grande City Station Maritime Unit reported. Agents saw four people with automatic weapons on the Mexican river bank, the CPB reported.
The Rio Grande city station’s area of responsibility encompasses approximately 3,159 square kilometers of Starr County, Texas, including 109 km of the international border, the agency’s website explains.
Three ports of entry — Rio Grande City, Roma, and Falcon Dam — are located on the territory. Directly across the Rio Grande are the Mexican cities of Ciudad Camargo, Miguel Aleman, Mier, and Nuevo Guerrero, all located in Tamaulipas, one of the 31 states of Mexico.