Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Rescues Illegal Alien in Distress


Ocotillo, Calif. – On June 7, Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Station coordinated the rescue of a woman, 38, in distress after an illegal alien from Mexico flagged agents down along Highway 98 and provided her location. The man informed agents that a woman he was traveling with fell behind and could not continue.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., Border Patrol agents located the woman in the open desert southeast of Ocotillo, approximately two miles north of the international border. The woman was found semi-conscious and unresponsive due to prolonged heat exposure. Agents quickly activated Emergency Medical Services and provided life-saving assistance until help arrived.

The Imperial County Gold Cross ambulance responded to the location and transported the woman to a local area hospital where she was treated for dehydration. According to hospital personnel, the woman appears to be in stable condition.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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