– Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Three Points sub-station arrested four men near San Miguel, Arizona, on Monday afternoon for illegally entering the U.S.; one of whom had to be airlifted to a hospital.
After agents apprehended the men in the Morena Mountains west of San Miguel, one of the subjects, a 35-year-old Mexican national, started experiencing medical issues. Agents requested emergency medical services assistance and were met by an air ambulance, as well as Sells EMS and Arizona Department of Public Safety’s “Ranger 54”, a helicopter equipped for short-hall extractions.
The Ranger 54 crew stabilized and transported the man to a nearby landing zone where he was transferred to an air ambulance and flown to a Tucson hospital.
The three uninjured men, also Mexican nationals, were processed for immigration violations, as will the 35-year-old man following his release from the hospital.
Illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border is dangerous. Tucson Sector Border Patrol advises anyone in distress to immediately call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before becoming a casualty.
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.