TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued two male illegal immigrants who found themselves in a dangerous predicament over the weekend.
Just before sunset on Oct. 10, Tucson Station agents responded to a sensor activation in the Baboquivari mountain range west of Arivaca, Arizona. After hiking into a remote canyon, agents located two illegal immigrants suffering from dehydration. Due to the location and their medical condition, agents decided to have the pair airlifted from the area.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter flew in to extract both men and fly them to a designated location where emergency medical services personnel were standing by to assist.
After treatment in a local hospital, both individuals were processed for removal in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
Border Patrol is often called upon to shift from law enforcement to rescue mode in an instant. Working together with local, state, federal and tribal agencies provides greater services to those who find themselves in a dire situation.
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.