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BORSTAR Rescues Subject in Distress from the Rio Grande River

Release Date: 
December 9, 2013

LAREDO, TEXAS—Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team responded to the Rio Grande River where an individual was stranded on a rock in the middle of the river.

On December 6, Laredo Sector BORSTAR agents were dispatched at approximately 5:00 a.m., to the riverbanks of the Rio Grande River where they spotted an individual that was without clothing and in severe distress.  Due to the extreme weather conditions, BORSTAR agents conducted a swift water rescue of the man.  A team of five BORSTAR agents entered the water in swift water gear and proceeded to swim to the rock to rescue the man.  Once they reached the man, they noticed he was in the early stages of hypothermia and had other medical conditions that would not allow him to walk on his own.  A personal flotation device was utilized with the assistance of the agents to bring him to the river bank.   

Once they made landing, BORSTAR agents carried the subject on a soft litter bridle out of the brush to where an ambulance was waiting to transport the subject to a local hospital.

BORSTAR was created in 1998 in response to a growing number of migrant deaths along the nation’s border. BORSTAR agents respond to various emergency search and rescue situations anywhere in the United States.

Through the effectiveness of interagency partnerships, Laredo Sector Border Patrol is able to assist other federal, state, and local agencies in life-saving rescues throughout Texas.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017