El Paso, Texas – Border Patrol Agents responded over the holiday weekend to help locate two lost hikers in the Franklin Mountains near El Paso.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Special Operations Detachment of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol late in the evening of January 13 to request assistance in locating two lost hikers.
The Border Patrol’s Search, Trauma and Rescue team (BORSTAR) began its rapid mobilization just minutes after the call, and deployed to the scene. Additional agencies including El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Texas State Park Police, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the West Valley Fire Department were also on the scene. After searching for several hours, BORSTAR team members found the hikers stranded in a rough and remote area of the mountain. Their recreational hike lasted until the sun set, where they found themselves stranded and facing a precarious situation. Not only were temperatures dropping, they also realized they could not hike back down the mountain due to the darkness and the extremely steep and dangerous terrain. Once agents reached them, the hikers were given food and water.
A quick medical assessment found them to be in good health and in stable condition.
The hikers were safely led down the mountain by Agents and arrived to the Incident Command Post at approximately 4:00 a.m. where they reunited with family members. No additional medical assistance was required.
This latest incident demonstrates the U.S. Border Patrol's commitment to work successfully with partner law enforcement agencies to rapidly respond and resolve challenging situations to promote the health, safety and welfare of members of west Texas and New Mexico communities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.