Within a months time 3 individuals have died of dehydration as they attempted to cross into the United States along the Del Rio Border Sector/Maverick County. The individuals were reported to have been victims of the searing heat that around this time is scorching and if exposed to for extended periods of time fatal.
Extreme heat during the summer months is a common occurrence throughout the State of Texas, and Maverick County is no exception. The regions humid subtropical climate lends itself to extended heat waves that bear down on the area creating hazardous conditions for citizens especially children and the elderly.
For those who have risked it all by traversing through rough terrain and dangerous sparsely populated areas the heat often becomes too much claiming their lives. CBP reports that in 2016 there were 23,078 apprehension through the Del Rio Border Sector and preparing and training for the incoming period is crucial due to the hot temperatures that are seen in our region.
Those hot temperatures are what often times put the individuals in danger. During 2016 the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector 18 rescues and unfortunately 14 deaths. In 2015 DRBPS reported 12 deaths. In 2014, 17 deaths, during 2013 there were 18 deaths, in 2012 there were 28 deaths and In 2011 there were 18 deaths reported.
U.S. Del Rio Sector Border Patrol, reports that 107 illegals have perished attempting to cross the border through our area from 2011 to 2016. Many of those deaths have been from Dehydration/Heat Exhaustion/Stroke and exposure.