Nogales, Ariz. — Arizona-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents from the Nogales Border Patrol Station and the Office of Air and Marine’s Tucson Air Branch rescued an illegal immigrant who fell from a cliff early this morning near Rio Rico, Ariz.
Nogales Border Patrol agents responded to suspected illicit cross-border activity reported by a mobile surveillance system operator. When agents made an attempt to apprehend two suspects, one of the subjects fled and fell from a cliff, sustaining lacerations to the head and face, a broken leg, and a possible back injury.
Agents requested assistance from Tucson Sector’s Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team who responded to the scene and stabilized the injured man. After agents contacted Nogales Emergency Medical Services and were advised it could take at least two hours to reach their location due to distance and terrain, agents then requested air support from OAM.
OAM dispatched an UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew to the scene to extract the injured man and transport him to a safe location where EMS took over and transported the patient to a local hospital.
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.