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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Stranded Motorist from Flash Flood

Release Date: 
June 12, 2019

DEL RIO, Texas – Members of the Del Rio Sector’s Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team rescued a motorist who had become stranded attempting to drive through a flooded low water crossing.

The BORSTAR team deployed swift water rescue equipment with rope lines.
The BORSTAR team deployed swift
water rescue equipment with rope lines.

“Our BORSTAR agents are trained in a wide range of capabilities which allow us to better serve our communities and our law enforcement partners,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz.

On June 10, the Dimmit County Fire Department, along with Carrizo Springs Border Patrol agents and members of the BORSTAR team responded to a 911 call regarding a motorist who was stranded in a low water crossing on FM 1558 near Big Wells. The BORSTAR team deployed swift water rescue equipment with rope lines to reach the stranded motorist and ferried him across the floodwaters to safety. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

BORSTAR provides specialized law enforcement search and rescue response, from conventional to high-risk operations, FEMA mission assignments, national special security events, and specialized training support directed by the Department of Homeland Security for both domestic and foreign government agencies. The Del Rio Sector BORSTAR team members are swift-water and technical rope rescue certified, which allows them to perform a variety of rescue operations in any water environment.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

Last modified: 
June 12, 2019