OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued an undocumented individual in the Jacumba Wilderness region near Ocotillo, Thursday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m., when agents encountered and apprehended three individuals illegally crossing into the United States, a mile north of the U.S./Mexico border. While interviewing the individuals, one stated that there was a fourth individual who traveled with them but was unable to continue due to an ankle injury. Agents backtracked the path of the group’s travel and located the fourth individual.
Agents conducted welfare checks of the group and determined that the individual found was unable to walk and in need of additional help. El Centro Sector’s Border Search and Trauma Rescue (BORSTAR) Unit, U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel from the Air and Marine Operations (AMO), San Diego Air Branch, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were notified of the injured individual and responded to provide assistance.
BORSTAR safely transported the individual to a location where an AMO aircrew was awaiting to transport the injured individual to a transfer located in Ocotillo where EMS was standing by. EMS medically evaluated the individual and determined that due to the ankle injury, he was unable to walk on his own. The individual was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and cleared for travel.
All four adult males, Mexican nationals, were taken into custody and transported to the El Centro Processing Center to be processed accordingly.
Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued four migrants who have been either abandoned by smugglers, lost or in distress.
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