El Paso, TEXAS - Air Interdiction Agents from the Office of Air and Marine’s (OAM) El Paso Air Branch located an illegal immigrant in distress in southern New Mexico yesterday after the subject became separated from a group who had illegally crossed the border in the desert.
On August 26, the El Paso Air Branch received a call from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) El Paso Sector Radio Communications Unit requesting air assets to help agents search for a distressed undocumented immigrant in an area between Deming and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
An OAM Cessna (C-210) crew first located the distressed subject and was able to guide the UH-1 crew to the location. A UH-1 aircraft crew then landed and deployed a BORSTAR agent to immediately render first aid to the subject. The subject was reportedly coherent, but suffering from dehydration and fatigue.
The UH-1 crew moved the stabilized subject to an area where USBP agents could drive him to a local hospital for further evaluation. At last report, the subject was in stable condition.
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.