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Border agents rescue 10 from desert, find 3 bodies

Agents also find ammo, pistol in abandoned backpacks

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued several people found dehydrated in the West Desert this week and discovered a stash of ammunition and a pistol near San Miguel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

On Monday, Ajo Station agents and National Guardsmen assisted National Park Service rangers in the rescue of a man found suffering from severe dehydration northwest of the Lukeville Port of Entry, the Border Patrol said.

A CBP Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew found a disoriented man south of Three Points near S.R. 286 early Thursday morning. An EMT-certified agent on the ground was called in to help the man who was dehydrated and showing signs of hyperthermia. Later on Thursday, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue agents treated a man near Sells for dehydration. Both men were taken to area hospitals for treatment, the Border Patrol said.

Also on Thursday, Casa Grande Station agents rescued seven illegal immigrants, two of whom had been locked inside the trunk of an abandoned vehicle that did not have an interior trunk-release handle, the Border Patrol said.

Border Partol agents attempted to save the life of a man found unresponsive east of Sasabe on Thursday. Agents attempted CPR and used a defibrillator to try to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead by a doctor at a local hospital, the Border Patrol said.

Also this week, agents working in the West Desert discovered the bodies of three people who had been abandoned by the groups they were traveling with in separate incidents. Meanwhile, agents patrolling near San Miguel discovered several backpacks hidden in the desert that contained 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a pistol, which were turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, the Border Patrol said.

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