Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office coordinates rescue of lost Salvadoran migrant

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The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office helped rescue a 23-year-old migrant on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office helped rescue a 23-year-old migrant on Sunday.

At about 3 p.m. Sunday, the 23-year-old Salvadoran man called 911 and told a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher he was exhausted and lost near U.S. 281, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office approximated the man’s location based on the nearby cell phone towers and provided the information to deputies and Border Patrol agents.

A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined the search and located the man about 10 miles north of Farm-to-Market Road 186 and about 2 miles west of U.S. 281, according to the news release.

“The joint effort proved to be life saving as our dispatch center stayed on the line with the lost undocumented immigrant who told the 911 dispatcher that he could hear the helicopter as it circled over him,” according to the news release.

The helicopter transported the man to a temporary landing zone, where deputies and Border Patrol agents were waiting.

“He told Deputies that he is 23 years old; from El Salvador and that he had been separated from his group the day before,” according to the news release.

Deputies released the man to Border Patrol.

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