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911 calls lead to four rescues over the scorching weekend in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
July 30, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley rescued four illegal aliens lost in the desolate ranch lands over the weekend.

On Thursday, Kingsville agents received a report from the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office of a subject who was left behind by smugglers and requested assistance. Agents responded to the GPS coordinates provided by Kenedy County but were unable to locate the subject. On Saturday, Kingsville agents were alerted by a concerned motorist who observed a man walking along Highway 77, south of the checkpoint. Agents responded and determined the man was the same person who had called 911 two days prior. He was provided medical attention and transported to the Kingsville station.

Yesterday, Falfurrias agents responded to two separate 911 calls from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding illegal aliens who were left behind by smugglers and lost in the vast ranch lands. The Falfurrias Border Patrol Station coordinated rescue efforts and located three subjects from both calls. All of the subjects were provided basic medical attention and transported to the Falfurrias station.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021