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Border Patrol Agents Save Lives of 7 People in Texas

Release Date: 
June 11, 2012

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved the lives of seven illegal aliens, including a juvenile, over the weekend and Monday.

The juvenile was rescued early Monday morning when agents encountered him in the brush near Mission, Texas. When agents found the boy, he was nearly unconscious. They immediately began to perform first aid and requested an ambulance. Shortly thereafter, the boy lost consciousness and went into convulsions. The agents extracted the boy from the thick brush and continued to provide first aid while awaiting the ambulance. The ambulance arrived and transported the boy to Mission Regional Hospital, where he was treated for a heat-related illness and released.

Additionally, a husband and wife, who are nationals of Mexico, were rescued Sunday at the cemetery in Abram, Texas. Agents found the couple after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding a woman in distress at the cemetery. Agents found the man, who was complaining of cramps to his legs, and his wife, who was unresponsive. Agents immediately called an ambulance and the two were transported to Mission Regional Hospital. The woman was admitted to the hospital for heat stroke and the man for dehydration.

Another man, who is a national of El Salvador, was rescued Saturday evening near Sarita, Texas, by agents assigned to the Kingsville Station. The illegal alien was rescued after he became distressed in the brush and activated a rescue beacon. Once the beacon was activated, agents immediately responded to the area and offered the man assistance.

In a rescue that happened early Friday morning near Mission, agents patrolling the Rio Grande by boat saved the lives of two men, who were struggling to swim across the river to the United States. The agents helped the men, one of whom is from Mexico and the other from Honduras, aboard the boat and offered them medical attention. Another man was pulled from the river at around the same time by agents near Penitas, Texas. The man was part of a group of three men swimming to Mexico. Two of the men made it safely to the Mexican side, however the third man began to struggle and requested assistance, at which time the agents helped him onto the boat.

The seven rescued illegal aliens will be processed for return to their countries of origin.

In addition to the seven lives saved, agents unfortunately encountered the remains of two people in Brooks County, who apparently died of dehydration.

Illegally entering the United States is extremely dangerous. The risk of drowning while crossing the Rio Grande or other body of water is significantly high. Additionally, extreme heat, combined with rugged terrain, can rapidly cause an individual to become distressed and die from dehydration or another heat-related illness. People are urged not to put their lives at risk by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. Since October 2011, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have saved the lives of nearly 160 individuals and have discovered the remains of 48 people.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are well-trained in search-and-rescue techniques and do their utmost to save the lives of those in need.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017