Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cell Phones--a Lifeline for Some

Thank goodness this cell phone worked.

On Sunday, 23 illegal immigrants used a cell phone to call for help after getting lost in the Arizona desert.

And, according to a May 31 AP report, last weekend about 12 migrants were found dead.

Smugglers and guides (a.k.a. coyotes) have been using cell phones for years.

Ron Bellavia, commander of the Border Patrol search, trauma, and rescue operations in the agency's Tucson sector, said: "The fact of having a cell phone aids us in knowing that they're out there, but not necessarily in finding them. It would be way too far of a stretch to think that they have a cell phone on them and they're safe."

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