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5 rescued by Border Patrol in multiple incidents Monday

Five people activated rescue beacons in three separate incidents on Monday, said the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, including a Guatemalan woman traveling with her daughter. 

Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector's Casa Grande station rescued a 44-year-old Guatemalan woman and her 16-year-old daughter after the pair activated a rescue beacon Monday afternoon, said an agency spokesman. 

Only hours later, a 20-year-old Ecuadorian male and a 22-year-old Guatemalan male activated a second beacon, sending agents to their location, he said. 

In the evening, a 23-year-old Mexican male activated a beacon in the desert near Lukeville, Ariz., about 109 miles southwest of Tucson, and agents from the nearby Ajo Station responded and rescued him. 

All five of those rescued were found to be in "good health," the spokesman said, adding that they were "processed for immigration violations." 

In fiscal 2019, Tucson Sector agents rescued 924 people, including those who activated rescue beacons or called 911. Nationwide, Border Patrol agents reported rescuing 4,911 people. 

The agency maintains 85 rescue beacons across the desert southwest, including 34 beacons scattered throughout the Tucson Sector. Each beacon is a self-contained unit that's powered by a solar array, and includes a 35-foot tall tower, topped with a "high-visibility" blue strobe, and a reflector. 

Each beacon has a panel with instructions in English, Spanish and Tohono O'odham, and a button that can be pressed to activate the beacon. 

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Some beacons also include a phone, and many of the towers include a camera system to "determine an appropriate response," the spokesman said. 

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One of U.S. Border Patrol's rescue beacons.