A dual-engine Border Patrol boat surveys the Rio Grande west of Del Rio, Texas.

Why one area along the US-Mexico border saw drownings triple and water rescues skyrocket more than 1000%

Updated 10:34 PM ET, Sat October 12, 2019

(CNN)Newly released data reveals a dramatic shift in the region along the Rio Grande over the past year -- and offers a window into the human toll of turmoil at the border.

Water-related deaths tripled in the Border Patrol's Del Rio sector from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019, according to data CNN obtained from US Customs and Border Protection. And water rescues spiked dramatically there, too, climbing by more than 1000%.
The sector, a largely rural area of southwest Texas that includes the towns of Del Rio and Eagle Pass, covers a 210-mile stretch of the Rio Grande.