- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies rescued five migrants from the desert south of Interstate 8.

Deputy Joaquin Enriquez says a 911 caller told dispatchers late Saturday morning that two groups walking through the desert east of Gila Bend had been out of water for three days and needed help. Officials originally thought that one group had 15 people and the other five.

A sheriff’s search and rescue team was joined by U.S. Border Patrol and Bureau of Land Management officers in the search.

Enriquez says three people were rescued at about 11 a.m. Saturday. The other two were located a short time later.

Migrants frequently cross the desert from the Mexican border north toward Phoenix but they are more commonly seen in the cooler months. Desert temperatures in recent days have been above 110 degrees.



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