U.S. Border Patrol Agents and CBP Pilots Aid in Rescue of Fallen Hiker
Glacier, Wash. - On Thursday, August 30, Sumas Border Patrol agents working in the area of Tomyhoi Lake, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, aided in the rescue of a hiker.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents in the area were approached by a hiker who requested assistance for his wife who had fallen and injured herself. Agents located the fallen hiker along the Yellow Aster Butte Trail and rendered first aid to the individual. The Border Patrol agents stabilized the victim's broken leg and proceeded to assist a Whatcom County Sheriff's search and rescue team with the evacuation of the hiker.
A helicopter from Customs and Border Protection Bellingham air branch airlifted the hiker to the Bellingham International Airport. The injured individual was then transported via ambulance to Peace Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham for further treatment.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.