SARITA, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Kingsville Station saved the lives of two illegal aliens who activated a rescue beacon after becoming lost in the brush Saturday.
Agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint responded to the beacon's activation that morning and encountered a man from Mexico and a woman from Honduras. The pair said they had been left behind by their group two days earlier, and that they had not eaten for two days and had only minimal water. They were transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg for evaluation.
The Border Patrol has six rescue beacons strategically placed on ranches throughout the area in order to increase the likelihood of survival for individuals who fall victim to the harsh terrain or adverse weather. Once activated the beacons send out a distress signal that allows agents to locate the imperiled individual and provide first aid within minutes. Saturday's rescue marks the first for this beacon, which was deployed in December.
"We are always looking for ways in which we can be innovative and ensure that lives are not unnecessarily lost," Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. "By deploying these beacons throughout the area and through the hard work of our well-trained agents, we significantly increase our ability to save lives."
Many illegal aliens smuggled into the United States are unaware of the extreme elements they will face in regard to harsh terrain and weather. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 80 illegal aliens.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.