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Border Patrol Saves the Lives of Three Lost in Desert

Release Date: 
September 11, 2013

OCOTILLO, CALIF.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol rescues are on the rise during this harsh weather and agents now have rescued 18 illegal aliens during the last few weeks.

The latest incident occurred yesterday at approximately 5 p.m., when Border Patrol agents received information from the Imperial County Sheriff's Office regarding some lost individuals. Triangle coordinates given to agents indicated that the lost individuals were located north of Ocotillo in an area known as Painted Gorge.

During a search of the area, agents found three individuals, who claimed to have made the distress call for help. They stated they were lost, disoriented, and needed help. An Emergency Medical Technician was on scene and evaluated the three individuals. They were deemed to be in good health and did not require medical attention.

The three men, ages 25, 36, and 42-years-old, were determined to be Mexican citizen's illegally present in the United States and were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for processing and further evaluation.

The El Centro Sector's 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 (800) 901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017