Border Patrol rescues three Mexican nationals from the desert

Published: Mar. 21, 2016 at 8:53 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 2:08 PM MST
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(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued three men from the desert on Sunday who ran out of water.

Agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station received a call from a man who said he was out of water and needed help, according to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The call came from a rescue beacon located 21 miles north of the border, 46 miles from I-8 and 11 miles from Why, AZ.

Agents found the man, identified as a Mexican national named Jorge Tafoya-Barajas, gave him water and assessed his condition.

He was then taken to the Ajo Border Patrol Station.

According to the press release, rescue beacons are comprised of solar charging systems, highly reflective rotating devices and high-intensity blue strobe lights on top of 25-foot masts.

They are visible from more than 8 miles away.

Tucson Sector currently has 32 rescue beacons, several of which have been equipped with satellite phones.

Later that afternoon, Ajo Border Patrol Agents received a 911 call from two more men lost in the desert.

Agents located them and assessed their condition. One required precautionary intravenous therapy.

The men, identified as Jorge Bautista-Ruiz and Julian Cancino-Jimenez, are both Mexican nationals.

They told agents they had been traveling separately in the desert for several days.

Bautista encountered Cancino earlier in the day and gave him some of his water.

They said they had no idea where they were in relation to water or civilization.

Both were taken to the Ajo Border Patrol Station.

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