U.S. Border Patrol Agents rescue a group off the face of Mt. Cristo Rey, along with a female who sustained injuries during her attempt to enter illegally.
Officials share that Santa Teresa Border Patrol Agents conducting surveillance near Mt. Cristo Rey and Sunland Park areas spotted a group crossing the border shortly after midnight on November 24.
The group’s attempt to walk down the rocky terrain in total darkness proved to be dangerous for them. Instead, the group decided to huddle together for warmth and wait for the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team to lead them to safety.
“The limited infrastructure and natural concealment in the Mt. Cristo Rey area provide a prime location for Transnational Criminal Organizations to exploit and smuggle groups,” Border Patrol officials shared. “The treacherous terrain through this mountainous area also poses many dangers for migrants.”
Another rescue occurred a few hours later 11 miles west of the Santa Teresa port of entry.
“At approximately 4 a.m., Border Patrol Agents located a 49-year-old female from Guatemala who sustained serious injuries while being
guided by smugglers,” officials shared. ” Agents on all-terrain vehicles were the first to reach her in the desolate area.”
Once on the scene, a Supervisory EMT medically determined she needed a higher level of care and she was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance.
“Almost every day U.S. Border Patrol agents pivot from defenders of the homeland to first responders as they encounter people who are being placed in dangerous situations by smugglers trying to make a buck,” said U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Chief Gloria Chavez.
“I encourage anyone who has influence in the lives of people who are considering entering the country illegally to urge them not to. Their health and safety are not worth the risk.”