Ocotillo, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue two distressed illegal aliens who had lost their way in the mountains.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 8:45 a.m., after Mexican authorities contacted the El Centro Sector Border Patrol concerning two men who placed a distress telephone call. The men stated they ran out of water and were wandering lost in a mountainous area.
At approximately 10:14 a.m., a helicopter from CBP OAM located the two men and directed Border Patrol Agents to their location. Agents determined that both persons appeared to be in good physical condition and they declined medical attention. The 36 and 40-year-old male Mexican nationals were then transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station to be processed for entering the U.S. illegally and for further evaluation.
The El Centro Border Patrol's "See Something, Say Something" Campaign is a simple and effective program to increase the safety and welfare of the Imperial Valley by bringing public awareness to the indicators of crime and other threats. The community plays a key role keeping our country safe by identifying and reporting suspicious or criminal activity. We encourage Imperial Valley residents to report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
The El Centro Sector Border Patrol has recorded seven rescues for fiscal year 2012.
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.