Border Patrol agents save man’s life; assist rollover victims

Border Patrol agents save man’s life; assist rollover victims
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:24am

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved the life of a severely dehydrated man who was lost in the brush and rendered first aid to victims of a rollover accident in two separate incidents Wednesday.

Agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit rescued the man around 3 p.m. The man, who is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, called 9-1-1 after he became lost in the brush and began suffering from heat-related symptoms. Brooks County relayed the information to BORSTAR agent, who immediately responded to the area and located the man. Agents assessed the man at the scene, administered fluids intravenously and transported him to U.S. Highway 281 North where an ambulance was standing by to transport him to a hospital in Edinburg.

The second incident occurred that evening when BORSTAR agents patrolling U.S. Highway 281 just south of FM 755 drove up to a rollover accident involving a truck. The agents noticed both passengers sitting outside of the vehicle and stopped to render first aid. Agents took the individuals’ vitals and treated one for a small laceration to the head. Local emergency services arrived and took over the medical care of both passengers.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

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