Border Patrol Agents Rescue Five After Beacon Activations

Rescue beacons are placed in remote locations considered to be high risk

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[Photo courtesy Border Patrol]

TUCSON – The desert is tough this time of year for those crossing the border on foot and on Monday, five people in three separate events were rescued by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents.

In fiscal year 2019, Tucson Sector rescued 924 people, many who activated rescue beacons or called 911.

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

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a 44-year-old Guatemalan woman and her 16-year-old daughter were the first to activate a rescue beacon in the afternoon. In response, Casa Grande Station agents were able to provide immediate assistance and rescue the pair.

A 20-year-old Ecuadorian male and a 22-year-old Guatemalan male activated a second beacon a short time later, and were also rescued by agents.

Later in the evening, According to CBP, a 23-year-old Mexican male activated a beacon in the desert near Lukeville where Ajo Station agents responded and rescued the men.

All five individuals were found to be in good health and were processed for immigration violations.

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