Last Sunday, El Centro Sector (Calif.) Border Patrol agents "rescued" five "distressed illegal aliens" who called 911 after getting lost in the desert without food or water while illegally entering the United States.
The news from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) comes on the heels of last week's CBP report of another illegal alien who was rescued from the desert after calling 911 for help. Both 911 calls were fielded by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.
In the latest rescue, Border Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the Sheriff's Office (ICSO) advising them of the 911 distress call from a cell phone, which was used to locate the five illegal aliens:
"An approximate location of the men was established using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates from the cell phone call. The Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) Unit along with Air and Marine assets collaborated in an effort to search the area. At approximately 10:20 a.m., during a systematic search of the area, five Mexican citizens illegally in the U.S. were discovered near Old Mine Rd. and Highway 78."
The five illegal aliens were treated for dehydration and exhaustion, and two were transported to a local hospital to receive care for arm and angle injuries sustained during a fall:
"BORSTAR agents performed a medical evaluation of the men who appeared to be suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, two of the men had injuries sustained during a fall.
"Upon further evaluation it was determined that two of the men had possible fractures, one man with an injury to his arm and another man with an injured ankle and were transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment."
Prior to these two incidents, the last reported "rescue" by CBP was announced on June 24, when it touted the rescue of a bicyclist in Alberta, Canada, who had crashed into the Wig-Wam River.
Ironically, the bicyclist was heading to the Mexican border as a participant in the Great Divide Bike Tour.