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Saving lives on ranch land, the river and wildlife refuge in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
December 21, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – On Saturday, December 16, 2017, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station responded to a 911 call received by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office from a Mexican national who requested medical assistance. After an extensive search, the subject was located near a ranch. He was evaluated and a Border Patrol EMT determined he required further evaluation from a physician.

That evening, McAllen agents rescued a Salvadoran national near Hidalgo, Texas. The male subject had been attempting to sneak into the United States illegally before being stranded on a sandbar in the middle of the Rio Grande. Agents then deployed a rescue line to pull the man to the U.S. side of the river.

On Tuesday, December 19, the Laredo Sector’s Hebbronville Border Patrol Station notified Falfurrias agents of a 911 call by Jim Wells County. Responding agents from Falfurrias rescued two male subjects, both Mexican nationals, who were lost on a ranch.

The next morning, Weslaco agents were waved down by a concerned citizen claiming that two of his relatives that had crossed into the United States illegally were lost in the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. Agents searched the area and found the lost immigrants.

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.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us at @CBPRGV.

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December 21, 2017