TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a lost hunter after family members reported him missing.
On Jan. 27, at approximately 8 p.m., the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Douglas Station agents after receiving a call from a concerned family member.
Upon the dispatcher’s description of the hunter’s vehicle, an agent recalled seeing the vehicle earlier in the day and was able to direct additional agents to the vehicle location. Agents located the vehicle and, with additional agents and a canine, began tracking the 60-year-old hunter.
When the hunter saw agents nearby, he used a flashlight and whistle to signal the agents. Another agent using a mobile surveillance vehicle detected the flashlight and directed agents to the hunter’s location. The hunter was without injury and in good health.
Border Patrol agents often assist local, state, federal and tribal agencies in efforts to improve public safety.
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.