POTRERO, CALIF.—On March 13, Customs and Border Protection conducted a successful rescue mission after receiving information from Mexico that it received a 911 cell phone call regarding two individuals who were lost and in distress near Potrero, Calif., east of Tecate.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents with the San Diego sector International Liaison Unit (ILU) was notified by a Mexican dispatcher who received a 911 distress call from a man who, with his female partner, were attempting to cross into the United States illegally. He reported that they were lost and without food or water and that his female partner required medical attention.
Agents with ILU informed the San Diego Sector Border Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit which immediately activated. A CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) helicopter was deployed and picked up BORSTAR members and started their search of the area.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., BORSTAR agents working in conjunction with a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine aircraft pilot, located the man and woman. A BORSTAR Advanced Emergency Technician reached the couple and rendered lifesaving medical treatment including intravenous fluids to an unconscious woman. The San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) was called for an air extraction. The SDFD helicopter extracted the 42-year-old woman and flew her to a nearby hospital for medical treatment for dehydration. The 31-year-old man was transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing.
The BORSTAR unit is comprised of Border Patrol agents trained in various disciplines of search and rescue and emergency medical treatment. CBP is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of those in distress in the border region. Since October 1, 2011, Border Patrol agents have rescued 24 people in San Diego Sector.
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.