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Laredo Sector Border Patrol Continues Rescue Efforts as Temperatures Rise

Release Date: 
August 11, 2017

LAREDO, Texas – The first event occurred on August 7, 2017, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) Unit rescued four illegal aliens in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The subjects had resorted to calling 911 for assistance after they became lost in the brush. One of the subjects was treated by a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician for heat exhaustion. The rest of the subjects were found in good health and determined to be from the country of Mexico.

Later that same day, Border Patrol agents assigned to the BORSTAR Unit along with the assistance of a CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter, rescued one illegal alien in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The subject resorted to calling 911 for assistance after he became lost in the brush. The illegal alien was found in good health and determined to be from the country of Guatemala.

Later that afternoon, Border Patrol agents assigned to the BORSTAR Unit rescued one illegal alien in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The subject had resorted to calling 911 for assistance after he became lost in the brush. The illegal alien was found in good health and determined to be from the country of Mexico.

The fourth event took place on August 8, 2017, as Border Patrol agents assigned to the BORSTAR Unit rescued one illegal alien in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The subject also resorted to calling 911 for assistance after he became lost in the brush. The illegal alien was found severely dehydrated and was administered with Intravenous Fluid therapy (IV) in the field by a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician. The illegal alien responded well to the initial care and determined to be from the country of Mexico.

The Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) Unit was created in response to the growing number of injuries to Border Patrol agents and illegal alien deaths along our nation’s borders. Border Patrol agents assigned to BORSTAR specialize in various search and rescue techniques, tactical medicine, technical rescue, land navigation, communication, swift-water rescue, and air operations.

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. 

Laredo Border Patrol Sector currently has over 1,600 Border Patrol Agents and support personnel. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, you can contact the CBP Recruiting Office at 956.753.1003 or visit www.cbp.gov/careers.

Last modified: 
August 14, 2017