TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station rescued two migrants following the activation of a U.S. Border Patrol rescue beacon Wednesday evening.
Agents responded to the rescue beacon located approximately 14 miles northwest of the Lukeville Port of Entry and found two men alone in the beacon. The two men were in good health, and did not request further medical assistance.
Agents transported the migrants back to the station for processing, where records checks revealed the men were Indian nationals in the U.S. illegally.
Criminal organizations often abandon migrants in the desert. As a result, many perish along the border every year. U.S. Border Patrol encourages anyone in distress to call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before they become a casualty.
Rescue beacons are self-contained solar powered units placed in remote locations considered to be high risk for people in distress. Their metal trussing, approximately 35 feet in height, is equipped with a high visibility strobe light on top of the structure. Many of the towers utilize a camera system that is used to determine an appropriate response and aid in the rescue event.
Eye-level at the rescue beacon is a panel with a large red button, instructions in multiple languages, and a pictogram of an individual activating the rescue beacon by hitting the button and then waiting for Border Patrol first responders to arrive.
In fiscal year 2018, the United States Border Patrol apprehended subjects from 113 countries along the southwest border.