OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued an undocumented individual in the Jacumba Wilderness region near Ocotillo, Sunday evening.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., when El Centro Sector Communication received a distress call from a group of individuals who illegally crossed into the United States and needed assistance. El Centro Station notified agents working in the field of the distress call and along with air support provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) responded to last known area of the group. At approximately 9:47 p.m., DOD air support visually located the individuals which led agents to respond and encounter four individuals consisting of three females and one male, all citizens of Mexico.
When agents conducted welfare checks for the group, one woman said she was unable to walk and in need of help. Agents determined that she required additional medical attention for dehydration. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was dispatched to the field location to render first aid to the dehydrated individual. EMS determined that no additional medical assistance was needed.
All four undocumented individuals were taken into custody and transported to the El Centro Processing Center to be processed accordingly.
Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued three migrants who have been either abandoned by smugglers, lost or in distress.
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.