Posted: Nov 25, 2013 3:48 PM
KINGSVILLE - Authorities rescued an 11-year-old yesterday. The El Salvadoran girl was separated early in the morning from a group of illegal immigrants, while they were trying to avoid the Sarita checkpoint.
A CBP Office of Air and Marine helicopter out of McAllen helped search for the girl. A Border Patrol EMT was onboard the chopper. The crew spotted the girl. She was found soaking wet and shivering. The EMT and a member of the aircrew rushed to her aid and put her on the helicopter.
First aid was administered and the 11-year-old was taken to the Kingsville Border Patrol station. It was determined she didn't need to be hospitalized.
Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said having Border Patrol EMTs with air crews is relatively new and they've already seen results. "It significantly increases our ability to save lives by giving us the capability to rapidly deploy EMTs into rescue situations where just minutes may mean the difference between life and death," he added.