U.S. Border Patrol Agents Rescue Five Distressed Illegal Immigrants

Calexico, California - Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector encountered five suspected illegal aliens in the Yuha Desert approximately 17 miles west of Calexico, California suffering from heat related symptoms.

At the time of their arrest, at approximately 4 p.m., one of the individuals was on the phone with 911 dispatchers requesting an ambulance. Border Patrol agents on the scene observed a 34-year-old female member of the group suffering from heat exhaustion and provided assistance. Soon after Imperial County Fire Department and the Gold Cross ambulance service responded to the area. REACH emergency medical flight service was contacted by the fire department and air lifted the woman to a hospital in San Diego, Calif. She is currently listed in critical condition.

The four other individuals of ages 34, 30, 15, and 12, were transported to a local area hospital. Three of the individuals were treated and released into the custody of the Border Patrol and one remains hospitalized.

This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to enter the United States illegally. It serves as a reminder that high summer temperatures combined with the remote and rugged desert environment can be extremely dangerous. This further exemplifies the efforts Border Patrol agents undertake to preserve human life in the course of their duties.

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