U.S. Customs and Border Protection Press Release
SANDERSON, Texas — On May 25, agents with the Office of Air and Marine rescued an injured Border Patrol Agent that had been involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
“The safety of our officers and agents is critical. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are glad to say that our air crew was able to successfully extract this individual from an extremely remote location to safety,” said Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent Clay Tippit.
The agent was operating an ATV in a remote area of Terrell County near the Rio Grande River when his ATV went over a ledge about 10 to 15 feet high. The ATV rolled over the agent upon impact and the agent sustained traumatic injuries.
U.S. Border Patrol agents on the ground requested immediate assistance from OAM, Alpine Air Unit. An AS350 helicopter immediately responded to the request and transported a paramedic from Terrell County Emergency Medical Services to the scene. The injured agent was treated by the paramedic and stabilized for transport.
He was transported via OAM helicopter to the Terrell County Airport where an AeroCare medevac helicopter was waiting to take over care and transport him to a hospital in Odessa.
“We work closely with other agencies in the area especially Border Patrol. When an agent, or any individual, is injured we do everything we can to ensure an outcome such as this. Everyone worked together and got this injured agent the care that he needed. Because of that, I can gladly say that the agent has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” said Tippit.