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Border Patrol Coordinates Rescue Efforts with the National Park Service To Rescue Two Persons in the Big Bend National Park

Release Date: 
April 23, 2019

ALPINE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Alpine Station coordinated efforts with Big Bend National Park Service to rescue two illegal aliens in Big Bend National Park.  

Patrol Agent in Charge of the Alpine Station Roberto Dominguez said, “Our agents knowledge of the area and expertise, along with the outstanding working relationship we have with the National Park Service, allowed us to rescue these individuals and prevent two casualties.” 

On Wednesday at approximately 11 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend Sector radio dispatch notified the Alpine Border Patrol Station, that a subject was requesting emergency assistance and was currently out of food and water.  The emergency call was originally received by the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on information provided by Brewster County Sheriff’s Office, Alpine agents assigned to the Big Bend National Park along with National Park Rangers located one of the subjects in Big Bend National Park at approximately 7:45 a.m., Thursday morning. The subject informed the agents and rangers that he had left an adult female needing emergency assistance approximately two hours behind him.

At approximately 10 a.m., Alpine Station agents located the female. 

Both subjects are citizens of Mexico illegally present in the United States and did not request any medical attention.  They will be charged with the applicable immigration laws.

This is Big Bend Sector’s second rescue of the week.  On Tuesday, Agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station rescued three subjects.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas.  The Alpine Station’s area of responsibility includes 158 miles of international border with the Republic of Mexico as well as the vast majority of the 6,193 square miles that comprise Brewster County, Texas.

The Big Bend Substation, which was first staffed in 1987, provides an essential on-site presence in the Big Bend National Park, intelligence development and liaison with the National Park Service.

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April 23, 2019