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Three border crossers rescued from desert

Border Patrol agents rescued two distressed illegal aliens near Ajo on Monday afternoon, after responding to a report that someone was lying on the side of the road near State Route 85.

When agents arrived, they saw two people walking toward them. As they approached, one of the individuals collapsed and passed out, according to an unsigned news release from Customs and Border Protection.

EMTs determined that both people were dehydrated and had "other heat related ailments," while one of them was also suffering from low blood sugar and convulsions, the release said.

They were both taken to local hospitals for treatment.

In a separate incident Saturday, BP agents from the Brian A. Terry Station rescued an illegal immigrant near Naco. Mexican officials notified Border Patrol after the woman had called them asking for help when she ran out of water. She did not require medical attention, the release said.

Border Patrol agents have rescued 122 aliens in the Tucson Sector in the past seven months, all of whom were apprehended for immigration violations and processed for removal proceedings, the release said.

"As temperatures increase, risks associated with crossing the Sonoran Desert cannot be understated.  Smugglers continue victimizing illegal immigrants by placing them in dangerous situations, including forcing them to carry narcotics, threatening them with violence and abandoning them in isolated desert terrain" the release said.

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