Border Patrol agents save man’s life; treat rollover victims
FALFURRIAS, TX — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved a man’s life and treated victims of a rollover in two separate incidents early Wednesday morning.
Agents from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue, or BORSTAR, team were tracking a group of individuals attempting to circumvent the Falfurrias Checkpoint, when they heard a woman crying for help for her unconscious husband. Agents located the man and treated him for dehydration with intravenous therapy.
Later that morning, BORSTAR agents responded to a vehicle rollover in the Falfurrias area. One of the agents is a BORSTAR paramedic and took control of the medical triage of 10 of the victims. One person was trapped under the vehicle and one was airlifted to a hospital in McAllen. An additional three victims were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. The remainder were treated and cleared at the scene.
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.
In addition to saving lives, Border Patrol agents remain vigilant in securing the United States from all threats and keeping dangerous criminals out of our communities. Agents assigned to the Kingsville Station apprehended a Guatemalan man near Rivera on Monday. Records checks revealed the man has an outstanding warrant from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama on two counts of rape in the second degree and one count of second degree sodomy. The man was turned over to the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition. Additionally, a Mexican national arrested by agents near Hidalgo has an INTERPOL alert for escaping from a prison in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.