Bees attack Border Patrol agent in South Texas


A Border Patrol agent in South Texas was stung hundreds of times by bees, like that shown in this abandoned massive hive found Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Brooks County, Texas. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez)

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.

A closeup of an abandoned bee hive found on a ranch in Brooks County, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2019, is shown above. A Border Patrol agent was stung hundreds of times in South Texas by bees on Sept. 10, 2019. (Border Report Photo/Sandra Sanchez).

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

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