DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents, game wardens, Kinney County sheriff’s office deputies, and CBP Air and Marine units located and air-lifted a 68-year-old man who was lost for several hours in remote and arduous terrain.
“Our agents relentlessly patrol a vast and hazardous landscape that can potentially be life-threatening,” remarked Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Thanks to our tremendous partnerships and the skills of our personnel, this man’s story was brought to a safe and happy conclusion.”
On March 9, Kinney County Sheriff’s Office had been contacted by a local ranch owner stating that a 68-year-old family member, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, had gone for a walk within the property but had not returned. Brackettville Station agents and officials from other law enforcement groups quickly responded to the area. Officials searched for the man for several hours. At 3:30 p.m., an Air and Marine Operations helicopter was able to locate the individual, on a bluff, far from any established roads.
Border Patrol personnel on all-terrain vehicles, braving the steep route, reached the man’s position where they provided first aid and assessed his physical condition. Unable to land at the man’s exact location, the helicopter touched down at the nearest clearing and Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles brought the man to the helicopter. He was taken by air to a waiting Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team. He was evaluated and it was determined that he did not need medical treatment. Agents returned the grateful individual to his family.
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.