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Illegal aliens from Guatemala found lost and freezing in desert, border officials say

Illegal aliens from Guatemala found lost and freezing in desert, according to border agents. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A group of 15 illegal aliens who were lost in the mountainous desert in Marfa, Texas, were rescued by border agents, said spokesman Roger Maier, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Maier said the group was suffering from extreme hypothermia.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency medical technician, Maier said.

The remaining 14 people were looked at and treated for distress and hypothermia, Maier said.

He said the group was rescued from the top of the mountain, where they were located by border agents.

The group of illegal aliens had traveled from Guatemala and had been walking through the desert for about a week, Maier said.

The Big Bend area fell under an unexpected winter storm warning on Wednesday.

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