Border Patrol agents administer vital fluids, save man’s life

Border Patrol agents administer vital fluids, save man’s life
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:04pm

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector encountered a severely dehydrated man, administered lifesaving fluids, reviving him at a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas Thursday afternoon.
Agents from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team conducting normal patrol operations observed two men attempting to circumvent the Falfurrias checkpoint who were walking on a ranch road carrying a third man toward Highway 281 just South of Falfurrias, Texas. Agents measured the distressed man’s vital signs and treated him for dehydration with intravenous therapy and cold compresses. After administering a second bag of I.V. fluid, the man revived and was no longer in medical distress. All three subjects were later transported for processing.

BORSTAR is the premier border search and rescue team along the southwest border. They are a specially trained, rapid response search-and-rescue unit designed to meet the complexities of southwest border. BORSTAR agents are experts in operating in the environment, topography, climate and the distinctiveness of the southwest border. So far this fiscal year, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued more than 280 individuals who have fallen into physical distress.

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