DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector rescue six illegal aliens in distress, June 22.
“Crossing the border illegally is an arduous and dangerous proposition that comes with inherent risks,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Doyle E. Amidon, Jr. “Thanks to the compassionate and dedicated men and women of the Del Rio Sector and the U.S. Border Patrol, who not only seek out illegal aliens, but also stand ready to render aid and save lives as the need arises.”
A concerned Cuban citizen called Del Rio Sector agents to report a family member and five others who were attempting to circumvent the Del Rio checkpoint on Highway 277. The six became ill and unable to continue due to the extreme heat and called the family member for help. Circumventing Border Patrol checkpoints is a tactic frequently employed by smugglers to avoid inspection. However, they rarely equip those they smuggle with the appropriate resources to make the journey safely. Agents and their canine partners assigned to Del Rio Station began searching shortly after the distress call at 5 p.m. Within 30 minutes, agents encountered three illegal aliens, still able to walk, and seeking help for the others who were suffering more severe medical distress. Agents with emergency medical technician (EMT) training and a Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agent quickly responded. After providing life-saving emergency medical attention, agents transported the six illegal aliens to meet the Val Verde County Emergency Medical Services ground and air transportation where they were able to access higher levels of medical care.
All illegal aliens were processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.