YUMA — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assisted with multiple distress calls over the weekend, from May 15 to May 17, involving individuals lost in the desert.
According to the USBP release, the first incident occurred Friday evening, when Mexican authorities notified Wellton Station agents of an illegal alien, who made an emergency phone call to Mexican authorities claiming to be lost, in distress.
Agents from the Yuma Sector Border Search, Trauma, and Rescue specialty unit contacted the individual before relaying the information to agents in the field who located the man. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) evaluated the subject and medically cleared him for travel. The subject was processed per Yuma Sector guideline, according to the release.
A Yuma Sector agent apprehended an adult male from Mexico who had illegally crossed into the United States through a remote section of the desert Saturday afternoon.
According to the release, upon initial contact, the agent determined the subject was dehydrated and in need of medical care. A Border Patrol EMT was called to the scene and administered several bags of intravenous fluids. The EMT was unable to bring the subject’s blood pressure to normal, leading to have the subject transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Following further medical treatment, the subject was released from the hospital and processed per Yuma Sector guidelines, according to the release.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s office (ICSO) requested assistance locating two US citizens in distress near Palo Verde, Sunday afternoon. Yuma Sector agents from Blythe Station located a 55-year-old male who required immediate medical care and air evacuation. Agents tracked the footprints of the other subject, a 45-year-old female, found to be extremely dehydrated. Both subjects were treated at a nearby hospital for overexposure and dehydration.
The ICSO requested Border Patrol assistance locating a 17-year-old runaway teen, Sunday night. ICSO reported the juvenile walked away from his friend’s vehicle in the direction of the Quechan Casino. Border Patrol Agents assigned to near Andrade located the juvenile approximately a half mile east of Andrade Road on Interstate 8. The juvenile was a US citizen from El Centro. The juvenile was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s office.
US Customs and Border Protection officials said they welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll-free.