10 more rescue beacons placed in desert near border

10 more rescue beacons placed in desert near border

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

10 more rescue beacons placed in desert near border

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Border Patrol has placed 10 additional rescue beacons throughout the desert west of Tucson as part of its Blue Light of Life campaign.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol said the rescue beacons were strategically placed across the remote desert with help from the Arizona National Guard to save the lives of migrants in distress, many of whom are abandoned by smugglers.

Through the campaign, officials say they hope to educate potential migrants about the dangers of crossing the border illegally. Graphic fliers are being distributed throughout Mexico and Central America.

The Tucson Sector reportedly had 83 rescue beacon activations this fiscal year, resulting in the rescue of 142 people.

Another 95 people were found dead by agents during that time, but officials say that's 44 percent fewer than the previous fiscal year.

Existing rescue beacons have been retrofitted with new signage, mirrors to reflect sunlight, and a high-intensity blue light which is visible for up to 10 miles at night, according to Border Patrol.

There are now 32 beacons throught the Tucson Sector's area of responsibility.

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