FALFURRIAS, Texas – Two agents from Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) rendered assistance to a 37-year-old woman who was suffering from severe heat-related injuries on Tuesday. The woman was part of a group of three individuals who called 911 in need of assistance after becoming lost in the remote ranchlands.
At approximately 3 p.m. the McAllen Branch of AMO received an assist request and dispatched a helicopter with a certified Air and Marine Emergency Medical Technician on board. After a short search, the group was located and the EMT deployed in order to assess the severity of the woman’s medical condition. The woman was semi-conscious, severely dehydrated and vomited the water the EMT attempted to give her. The pilot called for an ambulance and directed Border Patrol agents to the scene to assist. While in flight aboard the AMO helicopter to a pre-determined location, the EMT administered intravenous fluids and prepared the woman for transport by ground ambulance. The ambulance transported her to the Brooks County Airport in Falfurrias where she was loaded onto an air ambulance and flown to a local hospital. The other two people in the group were arrested by Border Patrol agents.
The McAllen Air and Marine Branch is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call 800-863-9382.
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.