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911 call, Rescue Beacon Activations Save 5 Lives

Release Date: 
May 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Ajo Station Border Patrol agents responding to a 911 call and rescue beacon activations in the west desert Tuesday night rescued five distressed migrants who had crossed illegally into the United States.

Agents at the Ajo Station received a 911 call at approximately 9 p.m. regarding four distressed migrants who claimed they had been wandering in the desert for five days. Agents were unable to determine the migrants’ exact location based on the call but were able to guide the migrants to a nearby rescue beacon. Once the migrants arrived at the beacon, agents encountered four male adult Mexican nationals who, although distressed, declined medical care.

Around the same time, a separate rescue beacon was activated west of Ajo. When agents arrived at that location, they encountered one male Honduran who also declined medical care.

All five migrants will be processed for immigration violations in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
May 12, 2017