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By Aalia Shaheed, FOX News

YUMA, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents in Yuma are warning illegal immigrants to stay out of the Colorado River.

Most Border Patrol sectors in Arizona see a decline in illegal crossings during the dangerously hot summer months, but the cool waters in Yuma inspire the opposite trend, enticing more immigrants to try their chances on the river.

"When it gets to 112 degrees, it gets more interesting It's a dangerous area in the summer time with the extreme heat. And we find it over and over again," said Border Patrol Commander Tomas Diaz.

The waters look calm enough, but agents say looks can be deceiving.

"This is a very dynamic environment, it's changing all the time. The height of the water, the depth of the water changes. We could be standing right here, and in two hours- we'd have another three feet of water," said Diaz.

The sector's Borstar Team specializes in search, rescue and trauma. They're trained to navigate the waters, but sometimes tragedy is unavoidable.

"We see people getting hurt, we see drowning. We had agents lose their lives while doing their duty," said Diaz.

The Yuma Sector has joined a bi-national effort with Mexican officials to help stop the crossings.

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