HAVRE, MONT.—For the second time in a week, Havre Sector Border Patrol agents assisted Glacier County Sheriff's deputies and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel in locating a group of missing juveniles on Cut Bank Creek.
On July 20, at approximately 1 a.m., the Glacier County Sheriff's Department contacted the Border Patrol requesting assistance in locating three missing females that were rafting on Cut Bank Creek near the town of Cut Bank, Montana. Agents from both the Shelby and Sweetgrass Stations responded to the request, along with an air operations unit from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Great Falls Air Branch. At approximately 8 a.m., the air unit spotted a small raft on the creek and relayed that information to the ground units. With their assistance, Border Patrol agents and Sheriff's deputies on the ground were able to reach the group and escort them to safety. The three females were treated for minor dehydration and heat exhaustion by Glacier County EMS personnel.
Agents from the Shelby Border Patrol Station responded to a similar call for assistance from the Glacier County Sheriff's Department on July 17, and were able to locate a separate group that was overdue to return from a rafting trip in the same area.
Chief Patrol Agent Christopher Richards said, "The partnerships that have developed between the Border Patrol stations and their local communities facilitate not only rescue operations such as these, but also increase our ability to secure our borders and help keep our communities safe."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.