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U.S. Border Patrol Rescues Two Distressed Individuals Lost in Desert

Release Date: 
February 27, 2021
SANTA TERESA, N.M.
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Contact: El Paso Sector Public Affairs Office (915) 834-8362, 8311, 8510, 8856

U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a distress call received by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Central Dispatch on Thursday.

 

On February 25 at approximately 4:45 p.m., Santa Teresa Border Patrol agents using All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) responded to conduct an extensive search for two subjects in distress in the Santa Teresa, N.M. desert.  The individuals requested assistance from NMSP on a dropped 911 call. After an extensive search, Agents found the two people stranded in a remote location in the desert almost three miles from their last known location. 

 

A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) arrived to assess the individuals’ physical health. The man appeared to be suffering from the effects of dehydration. The EMT administered intravenous fluids. Both individuals were given water, food and transported to the Santa Teresa Station for intake and processing.

 

At the station, medical personnel evaluated the individuals’ physical health and deemed them fit for travel.

 

“Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to recklessly expose and abandon human beings they are attempting to smuggle through remote areas and the harsh terrain of the desert,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “After an extensive search, ATV agents were able to rescue the two stranded, distressed individuals left in harm’s way.”

 

Both individuals were expelled under Title 42.

 

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 www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Last modified: 
March 1, 2021