OCOTILLO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) Yuma Branch and El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue three distressed illegal immigrants who had lost their way in the desert.
The incident occurred Sunday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m., after Imperial County Sheriff's Office contacted the El Centro Sector Border Patrol concerning three men who placed a distress telephone call and stated that they were lost in a remote area of the desert and needed help.
A CBP helicopter involved in the search located the three men around 2:35 a.m. and directed El Centro Sector agents on the ground straight to their location. Agents utilizing all-terrain vehicles found the men and provided first aid. Two of the men, ages 20 and 22, appeared to be in stable condition and declined medical attention. The third man, a 29-year-old, was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center for dehydration and heat related illness.
The three men were identified as Mexican Nationals illegally present in the United States, and are currently in CBP custody awaiting processing and removal.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.