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Border Patrol rescues a man requesting medical assistance and two others showing symptoms of dehydration in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
July 20, 2018

ROMA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents located and rescued a Mexican national requesting medical assistance and two other victims suffering heat related symptoms.

Rescues continue in Rio Grande Valley's Sector
Collaborative law enforcement effort
pays off

Yesterday, Rio Grande City agents encountered a man on the riverbank of the Rio Grande that was smuggled across in a raft. Upon encounter, he claimed to have a hernia and requested medical assistance.  The man was immediately transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a different illness and then transferred to a different hospital to receive the appropriate treatment.

Later in the day, McAllen agents located a man near Los Ebanos, Texas that was displaying signs of dehydration.  Agents contacted the Hidalgo County Emergency Medical Service, and the man was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Today, the Falfurrias Station received a call regarding a lost person in the Brooks County ranchlands.  Agents responded to the area and found the man matching the description of the report.  The Mexican national was displaying symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition. An ambulance transported the man to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Once treated and medically discharged, the men will be processed for accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
July 20, 2018