DEL RIO, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was injured after taking a fall into a pit near Eagle Pass.
On Aug. 3, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a Border Patrol agent from the Eagle Pass Station fell into a pit while tracking foot sign and suffered injury to his chest. Agents located the agent, after receiving a distress call, and immediately recognized that he was having difficulty breathing. The agent was transported to Fort Duncan Medical Center for initial treatment, however, out of an abundance of caution he was flown via Air Life to a San Antonio hospital for further examination.
“The U.S/Mexico border’s isolated terrain can be unforgiving,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch. “Our agents face many inherent dangers day in and day out.”
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.