Source: Border Patrol
On Thanksgiving Day, a 34-year-old Mexican national with life threatening injuries was left behind by a criminal organization that tried smuggling him into the country.
On November 29, a family member informed the Border Patrol that her cousin was left behind by a smuggler in the mountainous area near the Otay Lakes Reservoir because he had suffered an injury and could no longer keep up with the group. The Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescueteam was notified; and a three day search utilizing multiple resources began.
On December 3, after an intensive search with the assistance of the Aguilas Del Desierto volunteers, the individual was located. Agents immediately evaluated and treated the man who was suffering from frostbite and a crippling ankle injury. Due to the harsh terrain and the man’s severe condition, the man was airlifted to an awaiting ambulance which transported him to a nearby hospital.
“I commend the tireless work ethic that our agents exhibited during this rescue,” said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “Saving lives is a top priority for our agents.”