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Distressed Migrant Rescued in the Mountains Over the Weekend

Release Date
Tue, 05/10/2022

OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued an undocumented migrant in the Jacumba Wilderness region early Saturday morning.

At approximately 2:08 a.m., El Centro Sector Communications notified El Centro station of a report from the California Highway Patrol regarding a person in distress.  The report stated that the individual was dehydrated and could not walk to Interstate 8.

Agents were notified of the distress call and responded to the last known GPS coordinates provided. At approximately 3:08 a.m., agents located the individual, six miles north of the U.S./Mexico border.

After providing water to the individual and conducting a wellness check, it was determined no medical assistance was needed. It was also verified that the individual did not possess the required documents to be legally present in the United States. 

The individual was taken into custody and transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center for additional medical evaluation and to be processed accordingly. 

Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued 175 individuals who were lost, in distress, or abandoned by smugglers.

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Last Modified: Jan 10, 2024