Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Rescues Injured Man in Mountains

EL CENTRO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector, deputies from Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from Reach Air coordinated a multi-agency rescue of a man stranded in the mountains west of El Centro.   On Thursday at approximately 6:10 a.m., El Centro Sector received a call from the Imperial Country Sheriff’s Offices in regards to a person claiming to be in distress and in need of medical attention.  Agents were advised that Reach Air was in the location and had a visual of the person.   Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) Agents proceeded to the location and provided first response treatment for an injured knee and prolonged exposure to inclement weather.   After the individual declined further medical attention, it was determined he was  a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and was arrested and transported to the El Centro Station for processing.   BORSTAR is one facet of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Border Safety Initiative (BSI), which was implemented as a proactive, bi-national strategy to reduce injuries, prevent fatalities, and ultimately make the border region safer for the communities they serve.   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.