Border Patrol agents rescue four lost immigrants in the desert


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OCOTILLO – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station rescued four men in a remote area of the desert Saturday afternoon, according to reports.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., a citizen reported to El Centro Border Patrol agents that four people who appeared to be lost were walking and sitting along the railroad tracks north of Ocotillo. Border Patrol agents in the field were notified and responded.

At 5:10 p.m., agents located the four individuals who they reported as being thirsty and without water.  Agents provided water and medical attention to the group and determined all four men were illegally present in the United States without proper documentation.

“People tend to underestimate the danger of the desert climate,” said David S. Kim, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.  “The quick response of our Border Patrol agents ultimately saved these people from a worsening situation. It also demonstrates our commitment to the sanctity of all human life.”

The four Mexican nationals were transported to the El Centro Station for processing.

Since Oct. 1, 2016, (FY17) there have been ten reported rescues attributed to the El Centro Sector Border Patrol.