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Two Indian Nationals Rescued After Beacon Activation

Release Date: 
April 19, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – Agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station rescued two migrants following the activation of a U.S. Border Patrol rescue beacon Wednesday evening.

Location of where individuals were rescued
Location of where individuals were

Agents responded to the rescue beacon located approximately 14 miles northwest of the Lukeville Port of Entry and found two men alone in the beacon. The two men were in good health, and did not request further medical assistance.

Agents transported the migrants back to the station for processing, where records checks revealed the men were Indian nationals in the U.S. illegally.

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 call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before they become a casualty.

Ajo agents arrested two Indian nationals near a reacue beacon near Lukeville
Rescue beacons are located
along the border, to allow
those in distress to call for

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

Eye-level at the rescue beacon is a panel with a large red button, instructions in multiple languages, and a pictogram of an individual activating the rescue beacon by hitting the button and then waiting for Border Patrol first responders to arrive.

The two men taken into custody were found to be in good health and declined further treatment
The two men taken into custody
were found to be in good health
and declined further treatment

In fiscal year 2018, the United States Border Patrol apprehended subjects from 113 countries along the southwest border.

Last modified: 
April 19, 2019