South Texas border agents rescue 9 undocumented immigrants in distress


EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — Border Patrol agents say they rescued nine undocumented immigrants in four separate incidents, according to a release.

On Friday afternoon, the Falfurrias Border Patrol station received a call from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding a 911 emergency call.

The sheriff’s office stated the caller claimed to be lost in the brush without food or water for the last several days. Agents responded and located the caller along with two additional lost travelers, according to the release.

Agents say they provided the group with basic medical attention and transported them to the Border Patrol station.

Additionally, a Starr County emergency dispatcher contacted the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station regarding a woman who called the station and stated she was lost and traveling with her family on Friday evening.

Agents located the woman, her two children, and another adult woman. The release says medical personnel at the Rio Grande City station examined the group and provided them with basic medical attention.

In a separate occasion, Falfurrias agents responded to a call for assistance from a man from Honduras who reported he was lost somewhere in the Brooks County ranchlands.

After searching for more than 14 hours, agents located the caller. The release says the agents provided the man with water and transported him to the Border Patrol station for further processing.

On Sunday, Kingsville agents encountered a man who was left behind by smugglers after experiencing a heat related illness.

A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician evaluated the Mexican national and requested the assistance of an Air and Marine Operations Omaha air unit to transport the man to a local medical facility for emergency treatment.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector encourages people to follow their campaigns that focuses on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling.

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