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7 illegal immigrants arrested after pressing rescue beacon to alert U.S. officials of their distress

By Mason White 10:21 AM August 31, 2017
The rescue beacon (L)
The rescue beacon (L)
By: Emily Lewis

Border patrol agents announced that they have arrested seven people who tried to enter the United States illegally through Arizona.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents said that the west desert area between Tucson and Yuma, is known for its high temperatures during the summer months.

Each year, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol relocates resources to the west desert to prevent injuries and death.

One of the things in place is a rescue beacon so that illegals can call for help if they are in distress.

Border Patrol officials said that they encourage anyone in distress to call 911, or activate a rescue beacon before becoming a casualty.

According to border patrol agents, smugglers often abandon migrants in the desert, who can’t keep up with their pace. As a result, many perish along the border every year.

On Saturday, agents from the Three Points sub-station received two 911 calls. Using GPS coordinates from the first call, they rescued three Guatemalan nationals on the west side of the Baboquivari Mountains.

A 24-year-old man in the group required medical care and was transported to a hospital.

Later in the day, agents guided a female caller to a nearby rescue beacon, where other agents were standing by to render aid.

On the same day, officers from the Ajo Station responded to a 911 call and rescued a 30-year-old Mexican national. Officers determined the man did not need medical care.

On Monday, agents from the Casa Grande Station responded to a rescue beacon activation and found two distressed Guatemalan nationals near the Itak Ruins on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Officers determined they did not require medical care.

All seven individuals are being processed for immigration violations.