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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol rescues continue through the unforgiving South Texas heat

Release Date: 
July 19, 2018

SULLIVAN CITY, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents locate an unconscious woman and rescue a man in distress.

Agents rescue to people in distress from South Texas ranches
Agents rescue to people in distress
from South Texas ranches

On Tuesday, McAllen agents responded to a call from the Sullivan City Police Department requesting assistance with a group of illegal aliens that had turned themselves in. Upon arrival, agents identified a 23 year-old Mexican national who displayed symptoms of a heat related illness. Agents contacted the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to transport the man to the local hospital for an evaluation. As agents waited for EMS, the man informed agents he had illegally crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and two small children. The man explained after crossing the river, he felt the trek north would be too dangerous for his family and asked his wife to return to Mexico with their children. The man was concerned that his family did not return to Mexico and were lost in the brush.

The Border Patrol deployed several search teams, including a National Guard air unit, to along the U.S. riverbank. While searching, agents encountered an unconscious woman. The woman, who did not match the description of the spouse, was extracted from the dense foliage and air-lifted to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.  After an extensive search of the area, the man’s wife and children were not located.

The following day, as agents were speaking with the man about the the last area he saw his family, his wife called his cell phone to inform him that she was safe in Mexico with their children.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
July 20, 2018