TUCSON – In a 24 hour period, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents rescued rescued seven illegal aliens during three separate incidents.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Sunday afternoon, Border Patrol agents received a distress call from one of three illegal aliens from Mexico were lost in the desert somewhere south of the foothills. Agents were able to identify the caller’s location near Fortuna Mine.
All three received medical aid from responding Border Patrol agents until Rural Metro Ambulance responded and transported the three to Yuma Regional Medical Center, for heat-related illnesses.
Yuma Station agents patrolling along the Colorado River near County 16th Street early Monday morning, encountered a group of four illegal aliens from Central America and discovered that one was an unconscious juvenile female. A second female adult in the group requested medical attention due to chest pains.
Emergency medical services were immediately requested. Both were transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro for further medical care.
Also on Monday morning, Yuma Station agents encountered a group of eight illegal aliens from Central America near County 10th Street near the Colorado River, where an agent observed an adult male carrying a young child jump into the Salinity Canal.
The two had difficulty and could not get out of the canal. Agents deployed a rescue disc and successfully pulled both subjects to safety. The man and his three-year-old daughter were not harmed, and did not require medical care.
All eight persons were taken into custody. They were transported to the Yuma Border Patrol Station where they will be processed for immigration violations.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Advisory for the Yuma Area in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (MST) on Monday, June 10, 2019 to Thursday, June 13, 2019.