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BP agents rescue man, 4 teens from week-long walk in Az desert

A 911 call led to the rescue of a Mexican man and four teenagers on Monday afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sells, about 56 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. 

The group, which included a 14-year-old boy, said they had been walking in the desert for a week before they were rescued south of Sells near Federal Route 19, said a spokesman for Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

Agents from the Casa Grande station assessed the group, and determined they did not need medical attention, the spokesman said. 

All five were processed for immigration violations in "accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines," he said. 

The agency continues to urge people to call 911, or to activate one of the agency's 32 rescue beacons that are scattered throughout the desert, if they need assistance.

Last fiscal year, agents in the Tucson Sector said they rescued more than 1,400 people, mostly in the western Arizona region. Nationwide, agents rescued 3,964 people, all along the southwest border. 

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