Tucson border agents return from life-saving work in Houston

Tucson border agents return from life-saving work in Houston

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - People in Harvey's path of destruction continue to clean up after the deadly storm rolled though Texas.

On Sunday, 15 southern Arizona US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents came back to Tucson after spending a week rescuing people in Houston.

In seven days the crews rescued more than 400 people stranded by Harvey.

These Tucson agents were the first to successfully rescue people in Texas.

"People were already on their second-story roofs, waving at us trying to get our attention and that was when we just started deploying the hoists right away in order to get the people to safety," Trent Thomas, Air Interdiction Agent with the DHS Air and Marine Tucson Air Branch said.

Tucson News Now got exclusive body-camera footage of some of the rescues.

Thomas said, "They are completely helpless. Some were half dressed, standing in whatever they were wearing. Pajamas, no pants at all, in their underwear and they were desperate at that point and they needed help. And at that moment we were the only ones that could provide that support," Thomas said.

On Monday, six agents flew to Texas to relieve the first crew agents and help out with clean-up logistics.

CBP officials think the crew will likely have to head out again to help with Hurricane Irma rescues. Irma is expected to make US landfall this weekend.

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