Border Patrol agents carried out a search and rescue operation for a man who was lost in the California desert. The agents were able to find the man and rush him to receive needed medical attention. He is expected to recover.
The rescue operation took place Tuesday just south of Ocotillo, California, in a desert area popular with tourists. According to information provided to Breitbart Texas by the U.S. Border Patrol, agents from the El Centro station received a call from California Highway Patrol about a man suffering from heat-related distress, who had gotten lost in the dessert. The identity of the man was not readily available.
Border Patrol agents responded to the general location that California Highway Patrol was able to provide but were unable to find the man. The agents then prepared a coordinated effort using methodical search patterns in an effort to locate the man.
After a short while, Border Patrol agents found the man and began to provide first aid. Moments later agents with the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue unit (BORSTAR) arrived to the scene and took over the medical care for the man.
The BORSTAR agents were able to move the man from the desert location to Interstate Highway 8 where Ocotillo Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel rushed the man to a local hospital where he is expected to recover. BORSTAR is a special unit within the Border Patrol made up of agents trained in special search and rescue operations, as well as in medical care.
The temperatures in California’s Imperial County, which is the county where the man was rescued in, have reached 108 degrees this week. County officials have issued out heat advisories and have notified residents about the dangers of heat related illnesses, particularly those in the remote areas such as Ocotillo.