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CBP rescues Mexican couple in desert near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents, backed by a helicopter crew with Air and Marine Operations, rescued a Mexican couple Friday northeast of Douglas after they called 911, authorities said. 

Agents received a 911 call from the lost couple, identified only as a 44-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, said a spokesman for Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

A helicopter crew from AMO searched the area, located the distressed pair about seven miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and guided agents to their location, he said. 

Border Patrol agents trained as emergency medical technicians arrived, treated the woman with an IV, and then carried her to an ambulance to drive her to a Tucson-area hospital. 

The man did not need medical treatment, and was arrested by Border Patrol agents. 

Both will face prosecution for immigration violations, the spokesman said. 

He also noted that while "temperatures have dropped," people crossing the deserts continue to face environmental dangers including hypothermia. The agency encourages anyone in distress to call 911 or activate one of the sector's rescue beacons, he said. 

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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Border Patrol agents give a Mexican woman an IV after she, along with a Mexican man, called 911 and were found by a helicopter crew with Air and Marine Operations.