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Rio Grande Valley agents rescue three lost immigrants in two days

Release Date: 
December 11, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – Late Wednesday night, December 6, 2017, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station regarding a lost subject near Falfurrias, Texas. In the early hours of the following morning, responding agents rescued a male Guatemalan national near the Brooks County rest area. The man was offered but declined medical attention.

On December 7, Falfurrias agents again received a call from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office about a lost subject near Falfurrias, Texas. Agents rescued a male Guatemalan national who was lost on a ranch. The subject did not request medical attention.

That evening, McAllen agents rescued a female Guatemalan national who was abandoned in the brush. She was suffering from hypothermia due to the unseasonably cold weather. An EMT performed an assessment and determined Emergency Medical Services needed to be dispatched to the scene. EMS transported the immigrant to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

“The weather in the Rio Grande Valley can dramatically change from hot to mild then to extreme cold temperatures in a matter of a few hours. Persons attempting to cross illegally into the United States are not equipped to endure, much less survive in, these close to freezing conditions. This individual is alive thanks to the assistance rendered by our highly trained EMT agents,” stated Melissa A. Lucio, Patrol Agent in Charge of the McAllen Border Patrol Station.

RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us at @CBPRGV.

Last modified: 
December 12, 2017