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10 new rescue beacons roll out in southern AZ desert

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TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -

Another 10 rescue beacons meant to save the lives of immigrants crossing the desert have been erected west of Tucson.

The deployment by the Tucson Sector Border Patrol and the Arizona National Guard's 2220th Transportation Company will help enhance coverage of the remote desert areas where smugglers often abandon immigrants.

All of the rescue beacons were recently retrofitted with new signage, mirrors to reflect sunlight, and a high intensity blue light visible for up to 10 miles away during night hours.

In the current fiscal year through July 31, the Tucson Sector has had 83 rescue beacon activations resulting in the rescue of 142 persons.

The placement of the new beacons coincide with Through the Blue Light of Life campaign. The Tucson Sector Border Patrol is working to educate potential immigrants on the dangers of crossing the Arizona border illegally.

They're also explaining the available tools that may save their lives.

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