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Distressed Migrant Rescued in the Mountains

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OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued an undocumented individual in the Jacumba Wilderness region Thursday evening.

At approximately 6:45 p.m., Sector Communications notified El Centro station of a report they received regarding a lost migrant in distress. The report stated that the individual had a possible leg injury and was in need of assistance.

Agents were notified of the distress call and responded to the last known GPS coordinates provided. At approximately 8:25 p.m., El Centro Sector’s Border Search Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) located the distressed individual a quarter of a mile north of the U.S./Mexico border. Agents conducted a wellness check of the individual and determined that additional medical assistance was needed due to back and knee injuries. BORSTAR safely extracted the individual to a location where he was then transported to a local nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.  

It was also verified that this individual did not possess the required documents to be legally present in the United States. He was taken into custody and upon his release from the hospital, he will be transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center to be processed accordingly. 

Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued 178 individuals who were lost, in distress, or abandoned by smugglers.

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Last Modified: May 24, 2022