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Border agents help 11-year-old suffering from heat-related illness

Border agents aid 11-year-old suffering from heat-related illness
Border agents aid 11-year-old suffering from heat-related illness(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Published: May. 15, 2021 at 5:11 PM MST|Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 5:12 PM MST
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YUMA, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Wellton Border Patrol agents intercepted a group of five migrants in the desert Tuesday, May 11, and helped rescue an 11-year-old boy in the group who lost consciousness.

At 10:15 a.m., agents apprehended the group near the Tinajas Altas Mountains, approximately 35 miles southeast of Yuma, after they illegally crossed the border into the United States. The group consisted of two adult females and their respective children, who were three, six and 11 years old.

Within minutes of encountering the group, agents determined that the 11-year-old was suffering a heat-related illness and needed immediate medical attention. EMS was activated and agents coordinated a rally point to meet the Tri-Valley Ambulance.

The 11-year-old and the remaining members of the group were transferred to EMS and transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

As temperatures begin to soar, agents are encountering an increase of migrants in distress in the desert. They are often lost and disoriented and don’t have enough food or water with them. So far this month, agents have responded to 21 migrant calls to 911 for help.

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