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Excessive Heat Advisory Issued for the Imperial Valley

Release Date: 
July 23, 2018

Heat claims the life of a man along the border.

CALEXICO, Calif. – The National Weather Service in Phoenix, Ariz., issued an excessive heat warning for this week.  Affected areas for this excessive heat warning are parts of southeast California, including Blythe and El Centro.

The high temperatures during this week will range from 114 to 118 degrees during the day with little overnight relief hitting lows of 85 to 90 degrees.

Border Patrol agents are trained first responders and provide medical aid in the Imperial Valley.
Border Patrol agents are trained
first responders and provide
medical aid in the Imperial Valley.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Officials are warning that the impacts of the excessive heat are high due to the extreme risk of heat related illness or risk of death for those who cross illegally into the United States.

On Friday, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents conducted an intensive search to find an illegal alien who was left behind by smugglers when he became ill. Agents located the man, but found him unresponsive and in need of immediate medical attention.  Agents and medical professionals provided care, however the man succumbed to the elements. The man’s body was transferred to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office.

The El Centro Sector Border Patrol would like to reiterate some precautionary and preparedness actions that are recommended to lessen the impact of the extreme heat.  Stay indoors and seek air-conditioning buildings, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, dress for the heat with lightweight and light colored clothing.  If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day.

The Border Patrol advises everyone to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can be deadly.  Treat as an emergency and call 9-1-1.

Last modified: 
July 25, 2018