Desert Rescue

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol and other local agencies responded to a report of 27 people in distress in the desert south of the intersection of Interstate 8 and State Route 84 Wednesday afternoon.

TUCSON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol in southern Arizona is warning of the dangers that border crossers face as summer temperatures soar into triple digits.

The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said Thursday that migrants are putting their lives at risk when they cross the Sonoran Desert. It notes that adults traversing that area in the current heat must consume daily at least two gallons (7.5 liters) of water to survive.

An excessive heat warning for many parts of southern and central Arizona was forecast to begin on Saturday and stretch at least until June 18, with a potential high of 117 on Wednesday.

The border officials say migrants who get lost in the desert should use their cell phones to call 911.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol and other local agencies responded to a report of 27 people in distress in the desert south of the intersection of Interstate 8 and State Route 84 Wednesday afternoon.

Rescues of migrants are already up this year, including a group of 26 migrants found stranded near Table Top Mountain last week.

Also last week, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector to the west found the remans of two migrants who died in separate locations: a 40-year-old Mexican man and a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman.

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