Jun 12, 2013 5:58 PM by Michelle Erwin
TUCSON - In the last 30 days, BORSTAR has rescued 177 people who were unable to continue walking through the desert due to heat related illnesses; 52 of them within the past week.
With little water or shaded areas, agents say it's physically impossible for the average person to carry sufficient water to avoid life-threatening heat injuries. In addition, smugglers convince migrants that they will only walk a short distance. In reality, they are forced to walk long distances within short periods of time. Those unable to keep up are left behind to die.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to provide rapid response with BORSTAR, more than 250 agents cross-trained as EMTs, and agents certified as first responders.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol has 22 rescue beacons located throughout their area of responsibility to assist those in distress. Instructions are in multiple languages and when activated, agents are able to respond quickly. BOSTAR teams utilize a "911 phone" that opens lines of communication with additional law enforcement partners and first responders.
Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.