Border Patrol Rescues Continue to Climb
Shifting resources to the west desert area, between Tucson and Yuma, has helped the Border Patrol rapidly reach more people in distress who might otherwise have perished in the heat. However, Tucson Sector officials continue to warn the public – north and south of the border – that hiking through the desert is especially dangerous this time of year.
Border Patrol officials urge anyone in distress, for any reason, to call 9-1-1 or activate a rescue beacon before becoming a casualty. In fiscal year 2016, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued more than 1,400 people; mostly in western Arizona.