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Rio Grande Valley Sector Agents Rescue 2 in Separate Incidents

Release Date: 
August 11, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - Agents assigned to the Falfurrias and Rio Grande City Border Patrol Stations rescued a man and a woman today in two separate incidents.

Falfurrias agents and a Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Unit were deployed when they received a signal from a rescue beacon, which indicated a possible call of distress from within the King Ranch. Agents responded to the source of the signal where they encountered a male Guatemalan national. BORSTAR agents administered first aid. The man was then transported to a hospital for evaluation.

BORSTAR is capable of providing immediate response within the operating areas of the U.S. Border Patrol. BORSTAR specializes in rapid response to incident scenes primarily involving Border Patrol Agents and undocumented immigrants throughout the southwest border area. BORSTAR is also capable of providing mutual aid assistance to other local, county, state and federal search and rescue entities upon request.

Rio Grande City agents were flagged down by two illegal aliens near La Gloria, Texas, on FM-755. After the agents stopped to render aid, a woman traveling with them became unconscious and was unresponsive. Agents called for Emergency Medical Services, and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the female. Once EMS arrived, she was transported to a local hospital where she is still being treated. The other two illegal aliens were transported to the station where they will be processed for removal to their country of origin.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017