POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:18am
UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:33am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — These photos released Thursday by US Customs and Border Protection show a man wrapped in a blanket after being rescued. Police say he was part of a group of five men that tried crossing the Brownsville ship channel on Tuesday. Two of the people did not make it. This man was able to get back to land.
He was suffering from hypothermia, was rescued, and was treated by an EMT.
The CBP Air and Marine Branch was part of that rescue.
"I believe that they save his life by getting to him in time and giving first aid for the hypothermia starting to get body back to core temperature and back up to where it needed to be I believe they did save his life, he had been out there in that wind and cold any longer we probably would have." said Director of Marine Operations Matthew Reichle Sr.
CBP director of the Mcallen Air and Marine Branch says the water conditions were between 50-55 degrees on Tuesday, and with the cool temperatures outside that day he says it's easy to get hypothermia.
"Just the fact of you being wet and getting out of the water you can become hypothermic real fast because it lowers your body core temperature at a rapid rate."
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says they are still searching for the other two missing people.