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Footage Released of CBP Air and Marine Operations Providing Medical Assistance for Family in Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel and operational assets continue to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for response and relief operations across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New footage has been released of a CBP Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew conducting search and rescue operations in the mountains over Puerto Rico.

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The crew was able to land the Black Hawk on a mountain top and trek down a road that had been swept away by a landslide. An Air and Marine Emergency Medical Services paramedic was able to assess the family members in medical distress. The AMO EMT was able to stabilize the three patients before departing the mountain top on another rescue mission.

U.S. Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents and Office of Field Operations Special Response Team officers are on the ground in Puerto Rico supporting emergency responders and helping those impacted.

As in previous emergency situations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s emergency response is conducted in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Response Framework.

Find up-to-date information on FEMA's response to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, how to help, and how to search for loved ones at

For breaking news and information updates on U.S. Customs and Border Protection follow @CustomsBorder @CBPCaribbean and @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021