TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team Wednesday evening to help find a missing 57-year-old man in the Huachuca Mountains.
Approximately four hours after Tucson Sector’s Mobile Response Team joined in the search, an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter crew located the subject atop the Arizona Crest Trail in Ramsey Canyon.
After high winds prevented the helicopter from landing, MRT and SAR team members hiked to the man’s location. Responding team members worked together to render basic first aid and assist the man down the mountain where he was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
In the harsh desert environment, law enforcement agencies and first responders work together when responding to humanitarian rescue operations. Border Patrol officials encourage anyone in distress, or witnessing others in distress, to call 9-1-1 or activate a rescue beacon before a casualty occurs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.
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.