Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Continue Rescue Efforts
LAREDO, Texas – On May 9, 2018, Border Patrol Agents from the Laredo North Station rescued one illegal alien in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The subject had resorted to calling Border Patrol for assistance and stated he had been lost for three days without food and water. Agents were able to locate the lost subject and found him with severe blisters on his foot. The subject was evaluated and treated by a Border Patrol Agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. The rescued subject was determined to be from the country of Guatemala.
On May 10, 2018, Border Patrol Agents with the Laredo Sector Marine Unit rescued five illegal aliens near the riverbanks in Laredo, Texas. The five subjects had been smuggled across the river and abandoned by a callous smuggler. The five subjects were left clinging to a branch on the U.S. riverbanks and were faced with the rapid current and deep-water conditions of the Rio Grande River. Agents with the Laredo Sector Marine Unit were able to rescue the five subjects and pull them on board the marine vessel for safety. The rescued subjects were determined to be from the country of Guatemala.
“These events illustrate how the men and women of the United States Border Patrol not only serve to protect our borders, but are also committed to the preservation of life and assist anyone in need,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel H. Acosta.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions. Our Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.
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.