YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responding to a 911 call early Sunday morning rescued three migrants in distress and found one deceased.
At approximately 3 a.m., a woman called 911 and reported she was part of a group of four migrants who were lost in the desert and without food and water. Agents responded to an area four miles south of County 14th Street and Highway 195, based on grid coordinates that were provided, and encountered the female caller, an 18-year-old Mexican national. The woman stated that she left the three other members of her group behind.
Agents searched the area and discovered a second migrant, a 50-year-old Mexican national. He was dehydrated and needed water, but in otherwise good health.
As they continued their search of the area, agents encountered a third member of the group deceased. The deceased male was later identified as a 45-year-old Mexican national.
The fourth and final member of the group, a 34-year-old Mexican national, was located northwest of the others. The subject, who was identified as the foot guide, was severely dehydrated and required advanced medical care. Agents administered intravenous fluids and transferred him to Rural Metro for transport to Yuma Regional Medical Center.
The foot guide, who was lucky to have survived this incident, now faces charges for alien smuggling that resulted in a death.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.