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Texas soldier who drowned trying to help migrants wasn’t equipped with flotation device

Spc. Bishop Evans died after jumping into the Rio Grande to save migrants. He and other members of Operation Lone Star were not provided safety equipment. Texas Military Department said an order for buoys and ropes was made but has not been fulfilled.

By Davis Winkie, Military Times, and James Barragán, The Texas Tribune
A Border Patrol boat on the Rio Grande between Piedras Negras, Mexico, and Eagle Pass on Nov. 8, 2021.

“We believe the death of Bishop Evans was avoidable if he had been provided with the proper equipment.”

— State Sen. Roland Gutierrez

A known danger

A logistics logjam

Texas Army National Guard Specialist Bishop E. Evans.

Little training, virtually no equipment

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