DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from two sectors responded to calls for assistance after rising flood waters trapped oil and gas personnel near Carrizo Springs.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents possess unique skillsets and training necessary in times of natural emergencies,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak, Del Rio Sector. “Joint cooperation between our local, state, federal partners enable us to respond quickly and save lives.”
On Sept. 26, Border Patrol agents from Carrizo Springs Station, Laredo West Station, and Border Patrol Search and Rescue (BORSTAR) from Del Rio and Laredo sectors deployed with specialized equipment to assist with evacuation efforts. Agents deployed after local officials reported that oil field personnel were stranded, due to rising flood waters, at several worksite platforms. More than 100 workers were rescued by boat and high-water rescue vehicles and transported to safety.
“Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents are committed to preserving life and the safety of our communities,” said A. Scott Good, Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent. “At a moment’s notice, our agents were able to move boats and other resources on the border to desolate areas where human life was in danger.”
The Del Rio and Laredo Border Patrol sectors are part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which works with federal, state and local partners to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, please call the toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.