TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents, along with a Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) medic, rescued a Mexican man Sunday morning who had fractured his leg in a remote area of the Huachuca Mountains approximately 60 miles southeast of Tucson.
Agents from the Brian A. Terry Station’s Mountain Team and Mobil Response Team were searching for a group of suspected illegal aliens near Ramsey Canyon, in Hereford, Arizona, when they found the injured adult male.
First-responder trained Border Patrol agents stabilized the man until an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Rescue helicopter, Ranger 54, inserted a BORSTAR medic via a rappel line. Once the man was readied for transport, Ranger 54 returned overhead and extracted both the victim and agent via a short-haul rescue on a 150’ line beneath the aircraft. Both were flown to the command post, where the victim was transferred to the Fry Fire Station where a medical helicopter transported him to a hospital.
The man was discharged from the hospital today and will be processed for immigration related violations in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.