Border Patrol Rescuing Victims During Operation Heat Wave

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - The Border Patrol reports its South Texas agents rescued more than 20 people in various operations over the weekend.

It credited most to stepped-up search and rescue efforts relating to the ongoing heat wave. A statement Monday by the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector says agents rescued 12 undocumented immigrants were rescued from a sweltering moving van Saturday at the patrol's Falfurrias checkpoint, where temperatures reached 102 degrees.

That same day, agents responded to a 911 call from a group of people who had become lost on a ranch near Falfurrias, 60 miles southwest ofCorpus Christi.

The patrol has posted warning signs along the Rio Grande as part of "Operation Heat Wave," warning immigrants trying to avoid detection of the torrid, arid conditions between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.