JACUMBA, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector aided a man suffering from a heat stroke in the mountains Thursday morning.
At approximately 10:05 a.m., Border Patrol agents patrolling the Jacumba Mountains heard a faint voice calling for help and encountered a man tucked under a rock that was showing signs of a heat stroke. The Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team was on scene and immediately provided the man with intravenous fluids. The man was struggling to recover and agents requested air support to help transport the man out of the rugged terrain.
A Border Patrol agent working with the National Guard advised that he was in route in a Blackhawk helicopter to assist with transportation. Agents carried the man in the 115-degree heat for over a half mile to a safe area where the helicopter could land. The helicopter arrived on scene; the man was loaded into the helicopter and was airlifted out of the mountainous area. Emergency Medical Services were on standby in Ocotillo, but due to the man’s condition, he was transported directly to a medical facility in the Imperial Valley.
The man, a 55-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, continues to receive medical treatment.
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.