Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Desert rescue beacons let immigrants call for help

I live in Tucson, it will be good to hear of more rescues and fewer bodies.   - - Donna Poisl

By Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Ariz. — Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.

These are just a few of the many perils migrants crossing from Mexico into the southern Arizona desert encounter every day. And far more of them will attempt to cross this summer, the U.S. Border Patrol predicts.

The agency unveiled its plans Wednesday for dealing with the problem of immigrants dying in the desert, including 10 new beacons that allow migrants to call for help at the push of a red button. The agency is also adding new hoisting systems on helicopters to rescue immigrants.
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