YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Border Patrol agents say 17 migrants have been rescued after they crossed into a military bombing range in southwestern Arizona and became lost.
They say emergency services in Mexico relayed a phone call to the Yuma Sector Operations Center from a group lost in the desert around 10 p.m. Monday. The caller reported that the group comprised of eight adults and nine juveniles.
Yuma Station agents deployed to the area to search for the migrants and they were found around 11:30 p.m. about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of San Luis within the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range.
Border Patrol officials say the migrants didn't need medical attention and were transported to Yuma Station where they received food and water before being processed for immigration violations.
“This particular area is especially dangerous for illegal border crossers due to the remoteness of the location,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik. “In addition to the complete lack of adequate infrastructure to stop this occurrence, illegal aliens must contend with the summer heat and the dangers of military training in the area.”
CBP says the individuals were processed for immigration violations. Their names were not released.