9 illegal immigrants rescued at Ariz-Calif border

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Updated: 8/21/2012 4:59 pm

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Nine illegal immigrants lost in the desert have been rescued in southwestern Arizona near the California border.

Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents say they received a call Monday from a woman who reported a group of distressed Mexican nationals traveling in the desert north the Chocolate Mountains and west of Blythe, Calif.

Blythe Border Patrol agents and members of Yuma Sector's search and rescue team later found six people, who reported there were others left behind.

Agents were able to track footprints of two more individuals and the pair was found buried in the sand seeking shelter from the sun.

The ninth person called 911 to say he could see a CBP helicopter flying in the area.

He was transported to a hospital for treatment of dehydration and asthma symptoms.

 

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