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U.S. Border Patrol Performs Two Successful Emergency Rescues

Release Date
Fri, 08/07/2020

LORDSBURG, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents were involved in two emergency rescues in southern New Mexico and west Texas.

The Missing Persons Hotline (MPH) in Tucson received an emergency call for assistance from relatives of a missing and lost 26-year-old male Mexican national who had illegally crossed into the United States. The MPH then alerted the Lordsburg Border Patrol station August 5.

Man rescued by Border Patrol.
Man rescued by Border Patrol.

Details provided by the family described an individual in extreme distress and out of food, water and experiencing severe dehydration.

Lordsburg ATV units and agents were immediately dispatched to begin a search for the missing person. Agents from Lordsburg utilized camera technology and ATV units to locate the subject.

Agents provided the man with basic medical attention before transporting him to the station for further processing.

In a separate incident August 6, six Mexican nationals were spotted by agents from the El Paso Border Patrol station struggling to cross the turbulent waters of the American canal near the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry. Agents responded to the scene and deployed rescue ropes in order to successfully extract the individuals. After being treated they were processed accordingly.

“This time of year is particularly dangerous for individuals being forced to traverse rugged terrain in remote areas by reckless smugglers routinely endangering the lives of illegal immigrants,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Additionally, the American Canal waterways have extremely strong and dangerous currents. I’m grateful for the prompt response and highly effective measures taken by El Paso Sector agents involved in these two successful rescues.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509.

Please visit the CBP website to view additional news releases and other CBP information and follow us on Twitter at @USBPChiefEPT and @CBPWestTexas.


Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021