Photo courtesy US Border Patrol
Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol announced late Wednesday afternoon that their agents rescued a migrant, abandoned in the desert by human smugglers west of Las Cruces.
According to officials, their agents received a phone call from New Mexico State Police asking for help finding a man that was experiencing a medical emergency, south of the Border Patrol’s I-10 Checkpoint.
Las Cruces Border Patrol Agents, along with Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO), found the person south of Chappel, N.M. When they arrived, agents evaluated the man and radioed back that medical attention was needed.
Officials say that, due to the remote location and the hostile terrain, the agent had to take the man to a dirt road to meet the ambulance. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel arrived, determined that the man needed serious medical attention and transported him a local hospital.
Once at the hospital, officials say the staff evaluated the man, and shared that he was in critical condition.
“Had it not been for the life-saving efforts of our Border Patrol Agents, AMO pilots, in coordination with our local law enforcement and EMS partners, this subject may have perished,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
“Once again, the Transnational Criminal Organizations recklessly placed another human being in harm’s way after smuggling and later abandoning him in a remote desert location.”