Border Patrol agents provide vital medical aid

EDINBURGH, Texas – Officers from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol (RGV) sector are providing vital assistance to members of the community.

A Border Patrol rescue beacon located at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge near Alamo, Texas was activated yesterday afternoon. The beacon’s camera captured an image of a person. Officers from the Weslaco Border Patrol Post immediately responded to the area and located two lost hikers. Hikers said they were lost for more than four hours before finding the rescue beacon. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provided medical attention to dehydrated hikers before handing them over to Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Shortly after, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Post agents working near the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Post (RGC) witnessed a vehicle accident involving a utility bucket truck. Border Patrol paramedics arrived at the scene and rescued the driver and passenger of a white Dodge Ram truck. Both occupants had visible injuries, one was hyperventilating and the other was unresponsive. Border Patrol paramedics worked quickly to provide oxygen, stabilize them on the backboards and treat visible injuries. Starr County Emergency Medical Service arrived and transported the occupants to the hospital.

Last night in Roma, Texas, RGC officers encountered an unconscious woman in a neighborhood near the Rio Grande. The Honduran national was accompanied by her daughter, who informed Border Patrol agents of her mother’s medical history. A Border Patrol EMT provided medical care to the child’s mother until EMS arrived. The migrant was taken to hospital for further evaluation.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, smugglers continue to attempt these brazen attempts without regard to the lives they endanger or the health of the citizens of our great nation. U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley area will continue to protect the nation and community from these criminal elements.

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