OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued ten undocumented individuals in the Jacumba Wilderness region near Ocotillo Wednesday morning.
At approximately 3:47 a.m., Border Patrol agents operating the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) observed a group of ten individuals crossing the United States/Mexico International Boundary by walking around the border fence. RVSS operators notified agents in the field of the group.
At 4:50 a.m., El Centro Sector Dispatch received a call from California Highway Patrol (CHP) notifying them of a lost group. The call was made by a female and her son stating they were lost with eight other individuals. The GPS coordinates provided by CHP indicated that this was the same group that RVSS operators were observing.
At approximately 5:15 a.m., agents located the group and after a wellness check it was determined that none of the individuals were in no need of medical attention. All individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center to be processed accordingly.
Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued 117 individuals who were lost, in distress, or abandoned by smugglers.