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Rescue Beacons Help Border Patrol Find Lost Migrants

Release Date: 
November 2, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents rescued five undocumented aliens in distress this week thanks to the activation of three rescue beacons in the desert outside of Ajo, Arizona.

Agents rescued illegal aliens in distress after they activated a rescue beacon near Ajo, Ariz.
Agents rescued five illegal aliens
in distress after they activated a
rescue beacon in the desert near
Ajo, Ariz.

Ajo Station agents first responded to a beacon activation in a remote mountain pass approximately 10 miles west of Ajo just before midnight on Oct. 25. When agents arrived, they discovered three Mexican nationals - two men and a woman.

On Oct. 31, Ajo agents responded to separate beacon activations west of Ajo involving one male Mexican national at each location who had been abandoned by smugglers.

None of the five migrants requested medical attention and were subsequently taken to the Ajo Station to be processed for immigration violations in accordance with Tucson Sector Guidelines.

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February 3, 2021