Border Patrol Agents rescue missing boy

Posted: Dec 14, 2009 05:03 PM CST

Updated: Dec 14, 2009 05:03 PM CST

NACO, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the Naco station located an 11-year-old boy Sunday morning who had been reported missing hours earlier by his mother.

"Border Patrol Agents are first responders as well as law enforcement officers." said Naco station Patrol Agent in Charge Humberto De La Cruz. "We are happy that both are safe and we were able to avert this potential tragedy and reunite the woman with her son."

Border Patrol agents became aware of the situation when the woman told agents that she was separated from her son while trying to avoid apprehension by the Border Patrol. She also claimed that her son was suffering from dehydration and had not eaten in three days.

Border Patrol agents immediately responded, activating the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team, bringing in additional agents from the Willcox Border Patrol station, and deploying a total of three mobile surveillance scopes. The boy was found hiding in brush with a group of 11 illegal aliens. The boy appeared to be in good health and was reunited with his mother at the Naco Station.

In fiscal 2009, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued almost 600 illegal aliens from the Sonora Desert. Border Patrol agents never hesitate to help individuals lost or in need of medical assistance, regardless of nationality.