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Border Patrol Agents Rescue 17-Year Old From Desert

A 17-year old was rescued from the desert by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents Wednesday after reports that he was lost.

The call was made at approximately 5 p.m.

Agents were given the GPS coordinates and the teenager’s phone number by the California High Patrol (CHP). He was found around 45 minutes later in the desert east of Ocotillo.

According to Border Patrol, the teenager was unaccompanied and had crossed the border illegally earlier on Wednesday. He claimed to have crossed alone and did not require medical attention.

"The desert can be an unforgiving place. Thanks to the quick response of our dedicated agents, this child did not have to suffer the consequences that can arise from being lost in the desert,” said Rodney S. Scott, Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.

The teenager was identified to be a Guatemalan national.

He was taken to the El Center Station to be processed and returned to his country.

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