Marfa, Texas - Border Patrol agents from Marfa Sector's Presidio Station, along with deputies from the Presidio County Sheriff's Office were able to rescue three people lost in the desert north of Presidio Friday night. The rescued were a woman and two men.
About 8:30, Friday night, March 25, Presidio agents received a cell phone call from a woman who reported that she and her two male companions were lost north of Presidio. She said she could not see any roads or landmarks. Agents instructed the woman to stay where she was and they notified the Presidio County Sheriff's Office. They also got the woman's call back number.
About 9 p.m., agents and a PCSO deputy met north of Presidio and were able to locate the group's campsite. They searched the area, but were unable to locate the lost campers.
The deputy sheriff called the woman and asked if the she could see any lights from the searchers vehicles. She said they could not, but she agreed to make a fire.
About 11 p.m., Border Patrol agents saw the fire. It took them almost an hour and a half, riding on ATV's, to get to the group. Agents furnished them with water which they were out of. The group was led to a vehicle and then transported to their camp.
At their campsite, their health was assessed by a Border Patrol EMT. One of the men received an I.V. All three declined further medical treatment.
Agents of the Marfa Sector have rescued seven people so far this fiscal year.
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