U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents launched an air and land search operation to locate an 84 year-old man reported missing, resulting in the rescue of the heat-dazed senior citizen lying lost in a Champlain, New York cornfield last Thursday.
When family members reported the man was missing, CBP dispatched a helicopter patrol and ground search team to canvass the cornfield near where the man’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was found. New York State Police and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel joined in the search mission.
Less than two hours later, a border agent found the man, who was lying between two rows of corn, dehydrated, dazed and unable to speak. Agents cared for the man and transported him back to his home, after which he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for examination.
Read CBP’s detailed description of the successful rescue effort below:
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Champlain Border Patrol Station along with CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO), the New York State Police (NYSP), Champlain Fire and EMS and numerous local citizens all joined in the search for an elderly man reported missing Thursday.
Around 1:45 p.m., Border Patrol agents were contacted by the NYSP to help search for a local citizen whose family members reported as missing. The 84 year old man was last seen at approximately 10:00 a.m. near his home in Champlain. His abandoned ATV had been located north of his home in a large cornfield.
The sunny, 78 degree weather added a sense of urgency to the search. Border Patrol agents requested the assistance of a helicopter from the Plattsburgh Air Branch of CBP AMO. The AMO helicopter responded within half an hour and started searching the cornfield while Border Patrol agents coordinated the search on the ground.
At approximately 3:08 p.m., a Border Patrol agent searching the cornfield located the missing man lying on the ground in between two rows of corn. The man was semi-conscious and nonverbal, appearing to be suffering from the effects of the heat. Agents gave the man water and used an ATV to transport him out of the cornfield and to his house. An ambulance transported him from his residence to a local hospital for examination.
“This was truly a team effort by all the agencies and citizens involved,” said Champlain Station Acting Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge Raymond Bresnahan. “I am glad that we were able to act fast and find the man quickly. This is an excellent example of how first-responders, law enforcement agencies and the community work together to respond to emergency situations.”