Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Recently, Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents rescued several individuals in medical distress. The injuries and illnesses ranged from snake bites to broken bones.
On Sunday, March 28, 2021, agents assigned to the Kingsville Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of illegal aliens and transported them to the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint. A national of Mexico arrived wearing one shoe and had a swollen right ankle. As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) agent was evaluating the subject’s injury, he was informed he had been bitten by an unknown snake the night before. Willacy County EMT’s were immediately notified and dispatched to the checkpoint. Shortly thereafter, the man was airlifted with a Halo Flight helicopter to a local hospital where he underwent antivenom treatment and is recovering.
Yesterday, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station responded to a 911 emergency call of a woman lost and in distress on a ranch in Brooks County, Texas. Agents conducted a search and located the woman, identified as a national of Mexico, and transported her to the Falfurrias station. At the station, EMTs evaluated and provided first aid to the female. The female was administered fluids through an IV, as she was suffering from severe dehydration. Her speech was incoherent and her hands/fingers were cramping from lack of fluids. She was then transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Yesterday evening, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City (RGC) Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of 12 illegal aliens near Rio Grande City, Texas. A Honduran national in the group advised agents that he had fallen and twisted his right ankle. The subject was evaluated by a RGC EMT and was subsequently transported to a local hospital. The man was admitted due to his fractured ankle requiring surgery. At the hospital, he was tested for the COVID-19, to which he tested positive.
Early this morning, agents assigned to the McAllen (MCS) Border Patrol Station responded to a location in Mission, Texas, where a female had called 911 and advised she had a possible broken ankle and could not walk. Agents immediately rendered first aid to the Honduran national and requested EMS. Due to the harsh terrain being inaccessible by EMS vehicles, agents initiated emergency transportation protocols and were able to get her safely to an awaiting EMS vehicle. She was then transported the hospital for evaluation and treatment. At the hospital, she was tested for the COVID-19 and her results were positive.
All subjects were be processed accordingly.
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.