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Border Patrol agents rescue 13-year-old Honduran girl in Brooks County

Border Patrol agents rescued a 13-year-old Honduran girl Friday after searching rural ranchland in Brooks County.

The search started at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, when Border Patrol detained a group of migrants who weren't legally present in the United States, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A Honduran teenager told agents that his 13-year-old sister had been separated from the group.

Border Patrol spent about 15 hours searching rural ranchland in Brooks County, attempting to find the missing 13-year-old girl, according to the news release. A helicopter from the Air and Marine Operations division of Customs and Border Protection participated in the operation.

"After searching for more than 15 hours, agents found the distressed 13-year-old girl," according to the news release. "She was then transported to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station where she was reunited with her brother."

Agents found the girl at approximately 10 p.m.

Honduran Consul Ana Bulnes thanked Border Patrol for rescuing the girl.

"Life is the most valuable thing we have," Bulnes said in a statement released by Customs and Border Protection. "And these agents saved her life."

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