Dulzura, California - 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 December 3, Border Patrol agents along with members of Aguilas Del Desierto rescued a stranded Mexican national, left behind by his smuggling guide.

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 Rescue (BORSTAR) team was notified; and a three day search utilizing multiple resources began.

After a 3-day search, the rescued man suffered from a significant ankle injury and frostbite to his feet and legs.   He had to be airlifted out of the harsh terrain due to his severe condition.

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.”

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.