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CBP Air Crew Rescues Missing Hikers

Release Date: 
August 28, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Two male hikers, ages 77 and 43, missing in northern Sabino Canyon near the Palisades hiking trail, were located yesterday in a remote area of Molino Canyon and airlifted to safety by a helicopter crew from Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine (OAM) in Tucson.

OAM's Tucson Air Branch launched an AS-350 (A-Star) crew Monday afternoon to assist the Pima County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team in locating the missing hikers whose last known whereabouts was in northern Sabino Canyon near the Palisades hiking trail.

The A-Star crew found the missing hikers in a remote area of Molino Canyon and was able to find a safe landing zone nearby. Initial contact with the hikers revealed both were ambulatory and coherent. The hikers were then flown to another location where they were transferred to the care of PCSD's Search and Rescue team.

This fiscal year the Tucson Air Branch has participated in the rescues of more than 234 people.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017