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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol rescues seven from life-threatening heat, one succumbs

Release Date: 
July 25, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley located eight illegal aliens in distress, rescued seven and one died at a hospital.

Yesterday, Falfurrias agents responded to two separate 911 calls from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding reports of illegal aliens lost in the vast ranch lands. Agents rescued five men.

Later in the evening hours, McAllen agents responded to a 911 call from the Sullivan City Police Department regarding a lost father and son that were in distress. Both agents and police officers responded, located the pair, and provided immediate medical care. Emergency Medical Services was requested and upon arrival advised that the father was in full cardiac arrest. The two Mexican nationals were transported to a local hospital. The father was pronounced dead at the hospital and the son was treated and discharged.

Today, Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents responded to another 911 call from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding a man lost in the brush. Agents located and rescued the man.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

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 26, 2018