Rescue beacons installed west of Tucson to help save lives of migrants in distress

TUCSON, AZ - An additional 10 rescue beacons were recently deployed throughout the desert west of Tucson, kicking off the Blue Light of Life campaign.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the beacons were strategically placed to save the lives of migrants in distress.

The Arizona National Guard’s 2220th Transportation Company helped install the beacons.

The Blue Light of Life campaign aims to educate potential migrants on the dangers of crossing the Arizona border illegally. A flyer was created in collaboration with Humane Borders and is being distributed throughout Mexico and Central America.

CBP says all the rescue beacons across the sector were recently retrofitted with new signage, mirrors to reflect sunlight and a high intensity blue light visible for up to 10 miles away at night.

The new beacons will enhance coverage of the desert areas in which smugglers often abandon migrants.

According to CBP, through this fiscal year July 31, the Tucson Sector has had 83 rescue beacon activations which resulted in the rescue of 142 people.

During the same time period, agents discovered 95 deceased individuals, a 44 percent decrease from Fiscal Year 2013.

The new beacons bring the total of rescue beacons in the Tucson Sector up to 32.

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