Illegal Alien Lost in Calif. Desert Calls 911, Hospitalized for Dehydration

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 1, 2014 | 5:21 PM EDT

A lost illegal alien suffering from exhaustion and dehydration in a California desert was rescued after he called 911, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported Thursday:

"Border Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the Imperial County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) advising them of a 911 distress call from an individual that was lost in the desert.  The man told the ICSO dispatcher his name and that he was a citizen of Mexico who had crossed illegally into the U.S. near La Rumorosa, Baja California.

"An approximate location of the man was determined and BORSTAR agents, California State Park Rangers, and Air and Marine Operations collaborated in an effort to search the area."

An agent and his K-9 partner tracked down the lost illegal alien who called 911 near the Ocotillo Wells Airport and Split Mountain area. He was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment for exhaustion and dehydration. CBP confirmed that the 36 year-old man was a Mexican citizen in the U.S. illegally and who had previously received a removal order.