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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent rescues nine migrants in less than a week

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to rescue immigrants abandoned by ruthless smugglers.

On Tuesday, Rio Grande City agents found an unresponsive subject near Rio Grande City, Texas suffering from a heat related illness. He was airlifted to a hospital in Edinburg, Texas.

On Thursday, Falfurrias Border Patrol Station received a call from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding a distressed 911 caller lost in the brush. Agents, along with Air and Marine assets, responded to the last known geographic coordinates and rescued the subject. Less than an hour later, the same scenario led to another rescue.

On Friday, McAllen agents responded to a group of six illegal aliens near Madero, Texas when they observed a subject who was experiencing difficulties staying afloat in the Rio Grande. Agents shifted their attention to the distressed subject and threw a rescue rope to help the subject stay above the water. The agents were able to pull him to safety.

That same day, Falfurrias agents received two separate calls from the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office and a local ranch employee concerning four lost subjects. Agents, along with Air and Marine assets, located all four subjects, two of which were airlifted to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

On Saturday, agents encountered a similar case of a lost subject in the brush land of Brooks County and were able to rescue the subject.

“The Missing Migrant Program continually serves as a receptor for missing persons reports and migrants in distress. Whether the call is received by the Missing Migrant Program, the Border Patrol station, the local jurisdictional law enforcement agency, or via the 911 emergency system, a diligent coordination is always exercised with the goal of preserving life through successful rescue operations,” said Mission Readiness Operations Officer Hugo Vega.

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.

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February 3, 2021