Customs and Border Protection Lifesaving Efforts on
Increase in Remote Desert Locations
(Thursday, June 14, 2012)
Tucson, Ariz. - With summer temperatures rising, U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents are
working diligently to save lives across southern Arizona.
Multiple lifesaving rescues were recently launched in
collaboration with CBP's Office of Air and Marine.
On June 13, a CBP helicopter located an illegal immigrant in
distress, west of Green Valley, Ariz. A Border Patrol agent
certified as an Emergency Medical Technician was dispatched
and promptly responded providing intravenous fluid therapy to
the illegal immigrant because of his deteriorating health
condition. The illegal immigrant was found to be severely
dehydrated and was evacuated from the desert to an ambulance
where he was transported to a local hospital for further
In a separate incident also on June 13, a CBP helicopter
located two illegal immigrants in a remote area outside of
Douglas that were suffering from severe dehydration. One
man's health was in such poor condition that he had to be
transported from the site to an awaiting ambulance by the CBP
helicopter. Both men were transported to a local hospital for
On June 12, a Casa Grande Station agent located a deceased
person near Topawa, Ariz. The deceased male was later
determined to be a Mexican national. The Tohono O'odham
Police Department was contacted and has opened an
CBP Tucson Sector Border Patrol rescues have increased with
61 illegal immigrants rescued in May compared to 38 rescues
of individuals during May 2011. Also, a total of 19 illegal
immigrants perished in May compared to five during May 2011.
Human smugglers increase their profits by forcing
ill-prepared illegal immigrants into remote regions of the
desert which often result in loss of life. The Tucson Sector
Border Patrol continues to provide rapid response with
BORSTAR, more than 200 agents cross-trained as EMTs, and
collaboration with CBP air assets.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can
report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain
anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.