U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector have rescued 177 people in the southern Arizona desert in the last 30 days as soaring summer temperatures create dangerous conditions.
Border Patrol Agent Brent Cagen say 52 of the 177 people illegally crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona but succumbed to heat-related illnesses were rescued just in the past week as temperatures climbed into the triple digits.
The 30-day figure represents nearly a third of all rescues for the entire fiscal year of 2012 when agents rescued 632 people.
Cagen says rescues typically occur more often during the summer months.
More than 250 agents are cross-trained as EMTs and first responders.
The Tucson Sector also has 22 rescue beacons located throughout the area to assist those in distress.
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