LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector rescued a teenager, United States Citizen, who was found in distress after playing in a ravine near the U.S. riverbanks.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m., agents assigned to the Laredo North Station all-terrain vehicle (ATV) unit were conducting their assigned duties near Father Charles M. McNaboe Park, when they heard cries for help coming from a deep ravine located behind Washington Middle School. The teenager and several other students had entered the ravine after school hours, but the student was left behind. The student was trapped in the ravine for approximately an hour before agents found him.
The student was unable to climb or find his way out of the ravine due to heavy brush and the steep incline. Border Patrol agents successfully rescued the student, and after being evaluated by Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), it was determined that no further medical attention was required.
The Washington Middle School staff and the United Independent School District (UISD) Police arrived at the scene and offered assistance. The student was released to his mother.
“I commend our agents for their vigilance and quick actions in rescuing this student without hesitation. It is exemplary of their commitment and many contributions to our community that often goes unnoticed,” said Laredo Sector Chief Mario Martinez.
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.