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CBP U. S. Border Patrol Agents Perform Mountain Rescue

Release Date: 
December 16, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents performed a mountain rescue yesterday that resulted in one individual being airlifted to Tucson for medical treatment.

CBP helicopter on approach for mountain rescue.

CBP helicopter on approach for mountain rescue.

While patrolling the rugged mountains in the Coronado National Forest northwest of Nogales, agents from the Nogales Station located a group of illegal immigrants. A 31-year-old Guatemalan male was unable to walk and complained of severe foot pain. Agents contacted the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue team for assistance due to the remote area and the man's physical condition. A CBP helicopter was dispatched with a BORSTAR agent onboard. They were able to extract the man from the mountain and transport him to a medical facility.

Smugglers repeatedly place crossers at risk of injury and illness by leading people through dangerous conditions where they face treacherous terrain, extreme temperatures, and often abandoning those who are physically unable to continue.

BORSTAR agents are specially trained to perform search and rescue operations and administer medical treatment. In addition, the Tucson Sector has more than 200 agents certified as emergency medical technicians and approximately 3,200 agents trained to provide aid to anyone in need.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017