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Agents Rescue 5 Illegal Aliens During Busy Weekend

Release Date: 
September 25, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. –Agents from Tucson Sector Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations responded to two 911 calls and a rescue beacon activation during the weekend to rescue five people stranded in Arizona’s west desert.

On Friday afternoon, agents from the Three Points Station obtained GPS coordinates from a 911 caller south of Sells, Arizona, regarding two distressed migrants. Agents and an Air and Marine Operations aircrew responded and rescued two Guatemalan nationals.

Friday evening, Casa Grande Station agents responding to a 911 call, and with assistance of another AMO aircrew, located two Mexican nationals west of Sells.

Saturday night, agents from the Ajo Station responded to a rescue beacon activation northwest of Lukeville, Arizona, and rescued one Mexican national.

All five adults were medically evaluated but did not require further care. They were then transported to the respective stations to be processed for immigration violations.

Border Patrol officials urge anyone in distress to call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before becoming a casualty. In fiscal year 2016, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued more than 1,400 people.

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February 3, 2021