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Rio Grande Valley Bee Attack Separates Migrant Family

Release Date: 
September 17, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents rescued a group of migrants from a swarm of bees near Penitas, Texas. A Honduran mother, who was part of the group attacked by swarming bees, advised agents she was separated from her two-year-old daughter, moments before being air lifted to a hospital for treatment.

Bee attack victim receiving treatment.
Bee attack victim receiving treatment.


On the night of Sept. 15, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents conducting riverine boat operations encountered a group of migrants that had just been attacked by a swarm of bees after crossing the Rio Grande near Penitas. A female migrant was stung multiple times and required medical assistance. A medical helicopter was requested to transport her to the hospital. Agents relocated her and the group to where the helicopter was standing by.  Moments before departing, she advised agents that she was separated from her two-year-old daughter during the attack. Agents acted on the information ensuing a search. A short time later, the daughter was encountered in good health within another group of migrants. In total, four of the 12 migrants were transported to medical facilities, all expected to make a full recovery. 


This fiscal year, RGV agents have performed over 1,000 rescues throughout the Rio Grande Valley. RGV urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States. 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.


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Last modified: 
September 24, 2021