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Border Patrol rescues four people near Ocotillo

OCOTILLO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued four undocumented immigrants in the Jacumba Wilderness near Ocotillo.

U.S. Border Patrol says it received a call from Mexican officials Tuesday morning regarding a man who was in distress after crossing the border illegally.

The man stated he and three more people were lost in the mountains and had no food or water. Agents responded to the area using GPS coordinates provided by the man's phone. Agents found the lost individuals about an hour and a half later.

Agents said the men did not need medical attention. However, once they were processed into the system, they were sent them back to Mexico.

USBP says since October 2020, agents have rescued 112 individuals lost or in distress.

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Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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