SAN MANUEL, Texas – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) teamed up in an effort to prevent the loss of life.
Yesterday, RGV Sector agents working with Missing Migrant Program and the USFWS deployed a rescue beacon in the La Sal Del Rey Wildlife Refuge located near San Manuel, Texas. The increase of activity in the refuge led to a concerning number of incidents.
Human smuggling and tourism through the area has led to multiple 911 emergency calls from lost illegal immigrants and tourists. A majority of these calls have been heat related issues due to dehydration.
This rescue beacon was deployed in an area that will have the most impact on rescue efforts in the refuge. The beacon is equipped with lights and signage, making it visible to lost and distressed subjects from a long distance. Currently, there are 14 rescue beacons deployed throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector and there are plans to increase those numbers in the near future.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.