EL CENTRO, Calif. – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed woman in the desert while attempting to illegally enter the United States.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m., when a Border Patrol agent discovered foot sign while on patrol. The agent proceeded to following the foot sign north where he encountered a group of five individuals hiding inside a large hollowed out tree near mile marker 15 on Highway 98. One of the individuals, a female, appeared to be suffering from heat related injuries.
The agent immediately notified a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Border Patrol agent and via radio dispatch summoned an ambulance to the scene. Within minutes the EMT agent was on scene and provided first aid until the ambulance arrived to provide further care.
The ambulance transported the nearly unconscious woman to the El Centro Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. Agents were able to ascertain that the woman is a 32-year-old Mexican citizen.
The other four individuals of the group, all males, were determined to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States and were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for processing.
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 1-800-901-2003.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.