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Border Patrol Leads Multiagency Efforts to Save Illegal Aliens Life

Release Date: 
July 9, 2019

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas– United States Border Patrol leads multiagency effort to rescue an illegal alien that was lost, injured, and without water.


Chief Patrol Agent of the Big Bend Sector Matthew Hudak said, “This individual found himself in a life threatening situation, which is unfortunate and far too common.  The ability of our agents to effectively coordinate amongst themselves and with other agencies brought all available resources together and saved a life. This rescue is an example of the lifesaving work being done day after day by the men and women of Big Bend Sector, Customs and Border Protection, and our partner agencies.”

Big Bend Sector Horse Patrol.
Big Bend Sector Horse Patrol.


On Saturday June 29th, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Station were notified by the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office that an individual, claiming to be lost and injured, was requesting emergency assistance.


The Sierra Blanca Station’s Horse Patrol Unit (HPU) and CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) were notified of the emergency call and coordinated a response to the subject’s last known location.  CBP AMO Aviation Agents located the individual and provided him with fresh water.  Sierra Blanca HPU Agents arrived a short time later and assisted.  It was determine that the individual was a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States.  The individual was arrested by Border Patrol Agents without incident and transported to Culberson County Hospital in Van Horn, Texas, to be treated for dehydration.


The individual was processed according to the applicable immigration laws, after being medically cleared for detention.


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 Sierra Blanca Station area of responsibility consists of more than half of Hudspeth County or about 2500 square miles. The station is responsible for 73 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico. More than 10,000 vehicles travel through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on a daily basis. The U.S. Border Patrol is made up of over 19,000 brave men and women who courageously secure our nation’s borders.  Help us secure our homeland, find out more at

Last modified: 
July 9, 2019