CBP Air Interdiction agents lead children lost in brush to safety, render aid

CBP Air Interdiction agents lead children lost in brush to safety, render aid
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:33pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agents this week helped lead an 18-year-old girl and a toddler to safety after they got lost in thick brush.

On June 17, 2014, CBP Office of Air and Marine air interdiction agents on board a CBP helicopter responded to assist Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents in a search for individuals who had crossed the border in a raft. The raft was observed returning to Mexico by an aerostat-mounted camera in a remote location near Cuevitas.

While searching for the raft, the aircrew spotted a young girl carrying a small child. The two seemed lost and disoriented within the dense vegetation near the river. Air interdiction agents recognized the need to provide guidance and assistance to the girls. Utilizing their public address system, the agents communicated verbal directions on how to escape the brush.

After guiding the girls for approximately 300 yards to the nearest road, the crew landed on an adjacent road to assist them. One of the crewmembers deployed from the helicopter and approached the girls to perform a health and safety check. After approaching the girls, the air interdiction agent observed that they were extremely fatigued and appeared to be dehydrated. The air interdiction agent ascertained that the girls, both of them from Honduras, were 18-years-old and three years of age. He examined the girls for visible injuries and provided much-needed water. After monitoring the girls for a few minutes, the air interdiction agents turned the two girls over to Border Patrol agents for disposition.

The McAllen Air Branch 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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