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Five People Rescued by Border Patrol After Beacon Activations

Release Date: 
November 26, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – Five people in three separate events were rescued by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents Monday.

A 44-year-old Guatemalan woman and her 16-year-old daughter were the first to activate a rescue beacon in the afternoon, enabling Casa Grande Station agents to provide immediate assistance and rescue the pair.

Only hours later, a 20-year-old Ecuadorian male and a 22-year-old Guatemalan male activated a second beacon and were also rescued from Arizona’s harsh terrain.

Later in the evening, a 23-year-old Mexican male activated a beacon in the desert near Lukeville where Ajo Station agents responded and rescued the men.

All five individuals were found to be in good health and did not request or require further medical assistance. They were processed for immigration violations.

In fiscal year 2019, Tucson Sector rescued 924 people, many who activated rescue beacons or called 911.

Rescue beacons are self-contained, solar powered units placed in remote locations considered to be high risk for people in distress. Approximately 35 feet tall, each is equipped with a high visibility strobe light on top of the structure. Many of the towers utilize a camera system to determine an appropriate response and aid in the rescue event.

Criminal organizations often abandon migrants in the desert. As a result, many perish along the border every year. U.S. Border Patrol encourages anyone in distress to activate a rescue beacon or call 911 before they become a casualty.

For more details regarding this media release or to schedule a remote interview via the LiveU system, please contact the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Public Affairs Office at or at 520-748-3210.


Last modified: 
November 26, 2019