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USBP: Wellton agents aid 11-year-old suffering heat-related illness

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Border Patrol agents said an 11-year-old became unconscious after a group of five migrants were found in the desert Tuesday morning.

U.S. Border Patrol says Wellton agents apprehended the group around 10 a.m. near the Tinajas Altas Mountains, approximately 35 miles southeast of Yuma. They found two women and their children, ages three, six, and 11.

Agents say they determined the 11-year-old was suffering a heat-related illness and in need of medical attention. Paramedics transported the child to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

Agents say temperatures begin to soar and continue to see an increase of migrants in distress in the desert. This month, agents have responded to 21 migrant calls to 911 for help.

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