EDINBURG, Texas ― Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued seven people in three separate incidents Thursday. One of the rescued individuals had to be airlifted from the brush to a local hospital.
The brush rescue occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when Falfurrias Station agents encountered a Guatemalan man in the brush near Encino. The man had been lost in the brush and was found lying under a tree with his clothes off and exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion. South Texas AirMed EMS were summoned and transported the subject to a hospital in Kingsville for additional medical treatment.
The other two incidents involved people hidden in the trunks of two separate vehicles. In one incident, two subjects were discovered concealed in the trunk of a 2005 Nissan Maxima. Four other subjects were found in a 2003 Buick Le Sabre. All six were offered medical attention, which they all declined. Both trunk rescues were encountered by Kingsville Station agents at the Sarita Checkpoint.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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