Agents rescue 26 migrants stranded in Arizona borderlands


In this March 2, 2019, file photo, a Customs and Border Control agent patrols on the U.S. side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A public-private project that maps the bodies of border crossers recovered from Arizona’s inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains said this week of Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, that it documented 227 such deaths in 2020, the highest in a decade following the hottest, driest summer in state history. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents in southern Arizona have rescued 26 migrants stranded in the mountains south of Interstate 8 amid rising summer temperatures.

The agency said Friday the rescue took place Wednesday afternoon in the Tabletop Mountains near Gila Bend after one of the migrants called 911 for help. Temperatures in the Sonoran Desert had hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Border Patrol’s air rescue units and Arizona state troopers helped rescue of the migrants, several of whom needed treatment for heat related illnesses. Four were flown to a local hospital to be treated for severe dehydration.

Earlier this week, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector to the west found the remans of two migrants who died in separate locations.

In the first case, an agent was tracking a group of migrants through the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range Monday when he encountered a deceased 40-year-old Mexican man. Authorities estimate he died about two weeks before just a few miles from a rescue beacon placed in the desert to let people call for help.

The other death was of a a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who collapsed while traveling in a group through the Yuma area just north of the U.S-Mexico border.

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