JACUMBA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue a distressed illegal alien who had lost his way while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States.
The incident occurred this morning at approximately 5:27 a.m., when Border Patrol dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding an individual in distress that was lost in the mountainous area south of Jacumba, Calif. Border Patrol's Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) and CBP OAM were notified and deployed a team to the area. After a systematic search of the last reported location, a helicopter from CBP OAM found the man at approximately 8 a.m. Agents rendered medical attention and determined that the man appeared to be in a good physical condition and did not require further medical care.
The 28-year-old man was determined to be a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
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.