TUCSON, Ariz. – Shortly after Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande Station apprehended five men for entering the U.S. illegally near the village of Cowlic, Ariz. late Tuesday morning one of subjects started experiencing seizures.
Agents apprehended three Mexican and two Guatemalan nationals, approximately 11 miles north of the border and, within minutes of the encounter, had to request emergency medical support for a 33-year-old Mexican man.
A Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team soon arrived aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and transported the man to an awaiting air ambulance for further transport to a Tucson hospital where he was treated and later released.
All five men are being processed for immigration violations in accordance to Tucson Sector guidelines.
Border Patrol officials encourage anyone in distress to call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before becoming a casualty. In the Tucson Sector’s harsh desert environment, Border Patrol security operations can quickly turn into humanitarian operations.
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.