• May 25, 2022
 Border Patrol – Seven Rescues within 48 hours in El Paso Sector

Border Patrol – Seven Rescues within 48 hours in El Paso Sector

Border Patrol – Seven Rescues within 48 hours in El Paso Sector

U.S. Border Patrol Agents from El Paso Sector rescued seven migrants during separate events within a 48-hour period, Tuesday to Thursday this week. 

The first incident occurred Tuesday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., when Border Patrol Agents  assigned to the El Paso Station encountered an adult male near the border barrier south of the Fonseca  overpass on Cesar E. Chavez Border Highway. As agents approached the individual, it was apparent that  the migrant had fallen off the barrier and sustained a head injury. A Border Patrol Agent certified as a  paramedic began rendering aid as Emergency Medical Services were requested. Minutes later, El Paso  Fire and EMS arrived on scene, performed an initial medical evaluation, and transported the man to a  local hospital for medical care.  

Another border barrier rescue occurred the following evening, by Ysleta agents, when a migrant was  encountered with visible lacerations to his head. A Border Patrol Agent Emergency Medical Technician  (EMT) arrived on-scene to render aid and determined that migrant needed further medical treatment and  transported to a local hospital.  

Critical lifesaving rescues continued when on Wednesday morning, at about 7:30 a.m., Border Patrol  Agents assigned to the Santa Teresa Station, along with agents of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol  Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR), responded to a call from 911 advising of two migrants in  distress. Border Patrol Agents encountered two females west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. One of the migrants was found in severe medical distress and required EMS support. BORSTAR agents were  able to stabilize the individual and carried her on a stretcher to an awaiting Native Air medical  helicopter. The migrant was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. 

The fourth incident occurred Wednesday night, when El Paso Sector BORSTAR agents assisted in a migrant entry west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. At 11:00 p.m., agents encountered a group of six  migrants. Within the group, a female migrant stated that she was unable to walk and complained of  severe pain in her right ankle. BORSTAR EMT trained personnel provided immediate medical attention and transferred the female to a local hospital for treatment after diagnosing a possible broken ankle. 

Fifth incident occurred Thursday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., after agents from the Santa Teresa  Station were notified by 911 of two lost subjects in the remote desert between Columbus and the Santa  Teresa Port of Entry. With U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Air Branch aircraft assistance, 

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agents encountered two subjects severely dehydrated. Subjects claimed to not have food or water in  over 24-hours. Subjects were provided with immediate medical attention.  

Medically trained specialty units like BORSTAR and our Border Patrol EMTs along with the use of  technology, are vital resources used to preserve life, providing a rapid response and assistance to people  in distress. Since Fiscal Year 2022 began, El Paso Sector agents have performed 165 rescues.  

“Transnational Criminal Organizations endanger migrants every day. Their callousness and complete  disregard for human life is evident every time they encourage and in some cases force migrants to climb  border barriers or abandon migrants when injured along the journey,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol  Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Had it not been for the rapid medical response and rescue efforts of our Border  Patrol Agents, these migrants would have faced an uncertain outcome. I’m extremely proud of our  Border Patrol Agents who everyday demonstrate tremendous compassion and life-saving skill in the  performance of their duties.” 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged  to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635- 2509. 

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