McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A Blackhawk helicopter had to be used to rescue a Border Patrol agent last week after he was attacked by bees and stung hundreds of times, a Border Patrol news release said.
A UH-60 Blackhawk from the McAllen Air Branch of Air and Marine Operations was conducting patrol operations on Sept. 10 when the crew heard radio traffic about the injured agent, and a request for EMT help. The aircrew was able to quickly get to the distressed agent and flew to his location where he was having trouble breathing. Then they airlifted him to a local hospital, the news release said.
Air and Marine Operations employs agents who are trained as EMT’s and paramedics as crew members in its aircraft to assist in rescue operations.
The Air and Marine Emergency Medical Service was established by Air and Marine Operations to provide specialized medical capabilities and highly skilled tactical practitioners in difficult air and maritime environments. Each AMEMs or EMT goes through eight weeks of intensive studying during an online course followed by a week-long training of hands-on experience.
Sandra Sanchez can be reached at SSanchez@BorderReport.com.