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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Lost Man in the Mountains

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OCOTILLO, Calif. –El Centro Sector Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents rescued a man who was lost in the mountains southwest of Ocotillo early this morning.

At approximately 3 a.m., the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) transferred a 911 call from a man in distress to the El Centro Border Patrol dispatch. The distressed man claimed to be alone and lost in the mountains somewhere near the border.

ICSO provided GPS coordinates of the man’s location to the El Centro Border Patrol Dispatch. Which passed on the information to Border Patrol agents near the area. The BORSTAR unit was also activated.

BORSTAR agents began a search for the man in the approximate location provided by ICSO. After an extensive search, agents found man who appeared to be in good health and did not require medical attention.  Agents transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.

“This rescue is another reminder of the risks and dangers associated with illegally crossing into the United States. This lifesaving event can be attributed to the dedication and commitment of our agents who work tirelessly to protect and secure our borders,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.

The man, a 20-year-old Mexican national, was illegally in the country and was returned to Mexico.

The El Centro Sector Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021