Border Patrol agents save life Friday; assaulted by others Sunday
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 4:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:17pm
Officials: Incidents "examples of daily dangers agents face."
El Paso, Tx — Over the span of 72 hours this weekend, Border Patrol agents saved the life of a woman near Truth or Consequences (NM) Friday and were assaulted by rock throwers on Sunday.
The agent's amazing and dangerous weekend began Friday, Sept. 13, at approximately 1 p.m., that is when Sierra County Emergency Response personnel asked for help in evacuating a resident in a flooded area near Animas Creek Road in Caballo, N.M.
Three agents from the Truth or Consequences Station were sent to the location to help local crews. When they arrived, agents found an adult female trapped in her home due to high water.
Agents quickly decided to undertake a swift-water rescue to safely remove the female from the rapidly rising flood waters.
In a release to the media officials said, "The Border Patrol Agents, who are certified swift-water rescuers, braved the cold and muddy waters to safely rescue the female from the flooded house."
Once the woman was rescued, she received medical attention from Border Patrol emergency medical technicians.
However, on Sunday, agents did not receive such a warm welcome.
According to officials, a Border Patrol Agent saw a group of eight persons making an illegal entry into the United States near the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Paisano Drive in El Paso Sunday evening.
Agents from the Santa Teresa station found the group a short time later. As the group attempted to elude the agents and run back to Mexico, some of them turned and began to throw rocks in the direction of the agents.
Officials said, "In spite of coming under assault, agents were still able to apprehend five of the eight subjects. Some of the Border Patrol vehicles sustained broken windows and body damage but no agents were injured."
Mexican authorities were notified of the incident, but the three persons fled further into Mexico before their arrival. The remaining five persons in custody were processed for removal.
Officials added "These incidents are a perfect example of the daily dangers that Border Patrol agents face while securing our nation's borders and keeping our communities safe."