Border agents locate two bodies, rescue dozens
I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
vacillating, extended, shivering with dream,
down in the damp bowels of earth,
absorbing it, thinking it, eating it every day.
-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'
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The discovery of the remains of two illegal immigrants and the rescue of dozens of others —including a pregnant woman and three others in a remote mountainous area — highlighted activity the past four days along Arizona's stretch of U.S.-Mexican border.
Agents also made a trio or large marijuana seizures.
On Tuesday at about 7 a.m., a National Guard helicopter that was helping Border Patrol agents track a group of illegal immigrants spotted the body of a man southwest of Picacho Peak, said Rob Daniels, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman.
They estimated the man was about 40 years old. It appeared as though he had died several days earlier, he said.
On Saturday afternoon, agents found the skeletal remains of what they believe was a 38-year-old Mexican man northeast of Arivaca near the Sopori KX Ranch, Daniels said.
Border Patrol agents made five rescues of illegal immigrants in severe danger from Saturday through Tuesday.
The most dramatic and lengthy rescue started late Saturday and ended early Sunday in the Huachuca Mountains southwest of Sierra Vista in Cochise County.
It began at 10:15 p.m. when agents apprehended four illegal immigrants in a rugged mountain area near Carr Canyon and Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains south of the Fort Huachuca, Daniels said. Two of them — a Mexican man and a Guatemalan woman who was three months pregnant — were showing signs of heatstroke and severe dehydration, he said.
After the agent determined the two wouldn't be able to walk down from the mountainous area, they sent a Customs and Border Protection Black Hawk helicopter to the area. The helicopter, however, couldn't land.
They decided the two agents should stay with the four illegal immigrants and wait for the helicopter to return with supplies. At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the helicopter dropped water, food, blankets and batteries for the agents' radios.
"The idea was to attempt to rehydrate and reacclimate themselves in hopes of them being in a better situation closer to morning time," Daniels said.
By 5 a.m., a pair of Borstar agents — the Border Patrol's search, rescue and trauma unit — arrived after hiking all night, Daniels said. They gave the illegal immigrants intravenous fluids. Then, they walked down to a road where agents could pick them up.
At 6:30 a.m., the agents and the four illegal immigrants were all off the mountain. No further treatment was necessary and the three illegal immigrants from Mexico were processed and granted voluntary returns to Mexico.
The pregnant woman was processed and set up for an expedited removal to get her back to Guatemala, Daniels said.
Continue reading this article by By Brady McCombs in the Arizona Daily Star