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Border Patrol agents rescue kayaker in distress along Pecos River

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DEL RIO – A woman who became severely ill while kayaking on the Pecos River with others was rescued and taken to the hospital by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO), according to officials.

A helicopter crew departed to a rescue beacon on the Pecos River after AMO agents were informed on August 3 around 7:30 a.m. by a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden that the beacon had been activated.





As the crew neared the location, they discovered a group of 6-8 kayakers near the beacon, stated CBP.

The helicopter crew was unable to land near the group due to the rugged terrain but found an open spot on a nearby bridge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection





An aircrew member waded across the Pecos River to reach the group and learned that a woman in the group had been suffering from severe abdominal pains for 6-7 hours and felt weak.

The kayakers and aircrew members worked together to clear a spot for the helicopter to land closer to the woman and she was flown to the Comstock Border Patrol Station before being transported by ambulance to a Del Rio hospital.

The woman’s condition is unknown at this time.

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