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Coordination Amongst Agencies Leads to Rescue of 6 Migrants

Release Date
Thu, 08/19/2021

OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued six undocumented individuals in the Jacumba Wilderness region early Wednesday morning. 

The incident occurred at approximately 1:35 a.m., when El Centro Station Dispatch received a call from an unknown individual stating that he was part of a group of six individuals who illegally crossed into the United States. The individual stated that they ran out of water and needed assistance.

Dispatch notified agents working in the field of the distress call and the last known GPS coordinates. Agents responded and began the search for the group. Air support provided by the Department of Defense and El Centro Sector’s Mountain Disrupt Unit (MDU) responded to assist in the search.

At approximately 2 a.m., the aircrew visually located the group about four miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. An hour later, at approximately 3 a.m., MDU located the group of six undocumented individuals, all adult males from Mexico.   

MDU conducted welfare checks of the individuals and safely escorted them back to the vehicle. They were apprehended and transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center to be medically evaluated and processed accordingly.  

Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued 286 individuals lost or in distress.

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Last Modified: Oct 26, 2023