DEL RIO, Texas – On July 31, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents and CBP Office of Air and Marine rescued a man who was reported missing the previous morning.
“Beyond our daily enforcement duties, we also have a responsibility to assist those in distress and our local communities,” said Chief Rodolfo Karisch. “I commend all the men and women involved who responded quickly and brought the situation to a safe, expedient conclusion.”
On July 30 at approximately 6 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Brackettville Station, received a call from the Kinney County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance in the search for a missing person who suffers from dementia. The subject, who lives on a local ranch, had not been seen since going for a walk around 10 a.m. Brackettville agents and local law enforcement personnel searched throughout the night.
At approximately 7:45 a.m. a helicopter crew from the CBP Office of Air and Marine’s Del Rio Air Unit located the missing subject lying in a large grassy area. BORSTAR agents, trained as emergency medical technicians, assessed the distressed man’s condition and determined he was dehydrated but stable. The subject was immediately transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is an integral part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.