Border Patrol Agents Rescue Couple in Mountains

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cbpOCOTILLO — El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a man and his wife after the pair were encountered in the Jacumba Wilderness early Wednesday.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., Border Patrol agents stopped the man and woman after they made an illegal entry into the United States approximately 27 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.

Border Patrol agents determined that the 38-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, were citizens of Mexico and placed them under arrest.

As the couple was being escorted into an awaiting patrol vehicle, the woman fainted and her husband stated that she was diabetic.

Agents requested emergency medical services and during the wait time, were able to stabilize her with an electrolyte replacement drink and an energy bar.

Once stable, agents on scene drove the woman out of the valley to a more accessible area.

At 10:30 a.m., paramedics assessed the woman and transported her to a local medical center.

“Agents enforce our immigration laws daily, however anytime human life is at stake, law enforcement really becomes secondary,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. “Our main purpose is to go out there and save lives.”

Once medically cleared, the couple will be returned to Mexico.

The El Centro Sector Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.