Ocotillo, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue a distressed illegal alien who had been left behind by smugglers in the mountains.
The incident occurred last Saturday at approximately 11:05 a.m., after El Centro Sector Border Patrol radio dispatchers received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding a distressed male who had placed a 911 call from the mountains near Ocotillo. CHP dispatch provided USBP and OAM agents with a general location of where the distressed man's cell phone call came from and a thorough search was initiated.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., a helicopter from CBP OAM located the victim and Border Patrol Agents were directed to his location. The subject appeared to be in good physical condition and declined any medical attention. Agents determined that the 25-year-old Mexican national was alert and did not require advanced medical treatment. He was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for processing and further evaluation.
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.