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BP agents rescue three over weekend

Border Patrol agents rescued three men from the Arizona desert in three separate incidents over the weekend, authorities said. 

Friday, agents with the Douglas Station and New Mexico's Lordsburg Station, along with a helicopter crew with the Office of Air and Marine, began searching for a Mexican national after he called 911, a news release from Customs and Border Protection said. 

The man told the Cochise County Sheriff's Office that his smuggler had "abandoned him because a pre-existing medical condition prevented him from keeping up with the group." 

The man was able to describe his approximate location and Douglas agents used "sign-cutting techniques" — looking for clues such as foot prints, broken branches, or scraps of cloth— to track him down. He was found in "good health" and agents transported him to their station where he was processed for deportation, the release said.

On Saturday, agents at the Brian A. Terry station near Naco received a call from CCSO that a migrant was lost in the Huachuca Mountains. Agents with extra training to deal with the difficult terrain of southern Arizona's mountains searched for and found the man in the the early evening. 

Sunday, agents with the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team found a man reported lost in the desert near Three Points. 

"Time is critical for anyone stranded in Arizona's desert with triple-digit temperatures," the agency said. 

The agency has rescued 293 people since October through the end of May, said the agency. Even as migration patterns continue to shift toward Texas, the Arizona-Mexico desert remains a dangerous place for migrants attempting to cross. 

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In the fiscal year of 2014, the agency rescued 509 people, down from a spike the year before when the agency rescued more than 800 from the desert. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector aided three men lost in the desert, bringing the total number of rescued people to 293 since October through the end of May.