CBP Air and Marine Operations Rescues Downed Pilot

Ultralight Crash in Remote Area Located by AMO Air Crew

DEL RIO, Texas (STL.News) Agents from, CBP‘s Air and Marine Operations rescued a guy, whose ultralight aircraft crashed, leaving him injured overnight, October 31st.

“I commend our representatives for their swift, effective action in responding to the potentially life-threatening scenario,” explained Director of Air and Marine Operations Quinton Burough. “In remote places, often CBP Air and Marine Operations personnel and aircraft are the sole lifeline for people in distress.”

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol received saying that a Pandale place woman reported her husband missing after he failed to return from an ultralight trip about 5 pm, Oct. 30. Comstock Station Border Patrol agents, Texas Game Wardens and Val Verde County Sheriff’s deputies started searching the area where the man had been thought to be.

Around 8 a.m. the following morning, an AMO helicopter crew spotted the wreckage roughly a mile out of the pilot’s home. The helicopter landed nearby and also a Supplemental Aircrew Member (SAM) made his way to the crashed ultralight, while the AMO pilot started to guide a Texas Game Warden to the scene and then get a deputy to further assist at the site. The SAM discovered the ultralight pilot trapped under the aircraft and suffering from hypothermia, dehydration along with a compound leg fracture. The SAM provided aid by wrapping the injured man in a survival blanket and also building a fire to give warmth.

An Air Life helicopter arrived at the scene at 9:45 a.m., putting in a place cleared by officials on the ground. The man was flown to some San Angelo hospital for treatment. “Coordination one of our fellow CBP components, local and state partners, and members of our community made this rescue potential.”