BROOKS COUNTY, Texas -

Two men, believed to be illegal immigrants from Honduras, were rescued Wednesday after they activated a rescue beacon in Brooks County.

The U.S. Border Patrol said the two men got lost and were in distress on a ranch south of Falfurrias. The two found the rescue beacon and activated it, which alerted authorities to their whereabouts.

The Border Patrol has placed eight rescue beacons in strategic areas around south Texas to help those who get lost in the rough terrain and fall victim to the harsh weather. Once activated, that beacon sends a signal to law enforcement alerting them to the location.

So far in 2012, the Rio Grande Valley sector of the Border Patrol reported it has saved the lives of more than 130 illegal immigrants.