EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Operations (AMO) El Paso Air Branch helicopter pilots rescued a female migrant suffering from a heat related injury yesterday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. in remote area near Sierra Blanca, Texas.
AMO pilots flying in an AS350 light enforcement helicopter from El Paso Air Branch were on patrol when they located a group of 30 non-citizens in remote area of Sierra Blanca approximately 87 miles Southeast of El Paso. The aircrew guided U.S. Border Patrol Agents to the group and upon arrival the agents discovered an unresponsive female apparently suffering from some type of heat injury in need of immediate medical attention.
Due to the remote location and serious condition of the woman, the air crew determined evacuating the woman by air was the best course of action. The AMO aircrew, along with a Border Patrol Agent, transported the woman to Culberson County Hospital in Van Horn, Texas.
“Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Operations Branch pilots were able to make this life-saving rescue with the help of our U.S. Border Patrol partners. If we had not located the injured woman in time, the afternoon heat could have proved fatal for this poor woman,” said John Stonehouse, Director, Air and Marine Operations El Paso Branch. “Human smuggling organizations continue to illegally push these vulnerable migrants across the border in the deserts and mountains of West Texas and New Mexico in 100 degree plus weather placing their lives in danger. They often abandon these people in remote areas without food or water. It demonstrates just how little concern these criminal organizations have for the safety and wellbeing of the people they exploit.”
El Paso AMO partners with many local and state law enforcement entities to keep our border communities safe. If you see something suspicious, report it by contacting our 24/7 hotline at 1-915-834-8362. Together, we can continue to uphold national security and combat illicit activity.