Border Patrol Agents Encounter Subject with Severe Medical Complications
DEL RIO, Texas – A man encountered by Border Patrol agents near Eagle Pass, Texas, was transported to the hospital after experiencing severe medical issues.
Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station found the 37-year-old Venezuelan man while patrolling the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, Texas, around 8 p.m., Sept. 5. The subject was having difficulty breathing and complained of prior health problems. Agents transported the man by boat, approximately a mile and a half upriver to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, Bridge #2, where a waiting Border Patrol EMT summoned an ambulance. The subject was taken to a local hospital, where he was evaluated by medical personnel. Following evaluation, hospital personnel made the decision to transfer him to a San Antonio hospital, by helicopter, where he was placed in ICU. Family members were advised and arrived at the hospital. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to notify the Venezuelan Consulate.
On the evening of Sept. 6, the subject was released to the custody of family due to humanitarian reasons, and remained hospitalized in critical condition but passed this morning.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.