JACUMBA, Calif. – Wednesday, with high winds, low visibility, and dusty desert conditions, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued two Mexican nationals, a mother and her son, who lost their way in the mountains while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States.
Border Patrol dispatch received a call from an operator in Mexico stating that two individuals were lost at an unknown location north of the La Rumerosa Mexican highway. The Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team was notified and were deployed to search for the couple.
The California Highway Patrol provided Global Positioning System coordinates of the lost persons, placing them near a remote area of the mountains approximately 29 miles west of Calexico.
After a long systematic search of the area at approximately 1:20 p.m., BORSTAR agents encountered the 41-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son in distress. BORSTAR agents examined the mother and her son and medically assessed first aid.
The mother and son were determined to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States and were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.
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