(Rescue in the Desert)…It happened late Thursday afternoon.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Station and Bureau of Land Management rangers rescued two distressed men whose vehicle had become stuck in the sand in the desert west of the Superstition Mountains. At 3:00 Thursday afternoon Border Patrol dispatch received a call from the County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s said they had received a 911-distress call from two men. Using Global Positioning System, coordinates from the men’s cell phone, the Sheriff’s office was able to establish an approximate location. The Border Patrol agents and the Rangers used that information to begin the search. Agents located the men at around 4:00 pm. They provided the men with water. They also assisted in extracting the vehicle from the sand. Neither of the men was in need of medical attention. The agents turned the men over to the BLM Rangers. The El Centro Sector says they made over 18 rescues last fiscal year.