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Hiker Breaks Leg, is Rescued by Border Patrol

Release Date: 
February 12, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. A hiker who had broken his leg near Sycamore Canyon, south of Arivaca, Ariz., was rescued by Border Patrol agents Saturday.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., Nogales Station Border Patrol agents were flagged down by a man who said his friend had broken his leg while hiking.  Agents contacted the Nogales Station via radio to request local emergency medical services.  A Border Patrol EMT and other agents found the hiker lying in a remote area of Sycamore Canyon.  Agents then carried the young man to the canyon’s entrance, where they were met by EMS.  Medical personnel on-scene determined the hiker would need to be quickly evacuated to a Tucson hospital via Life Flight.  At approximately 3:45 p.m., Life Flight arrived and the hiker was transported for treatment. 

The hiker and his friend are both U.S. citizens. 

In remote or rugged locations, small events can quickly escalate into dangerous situations.  Border Patrol agents are often the first to respond to emergencies in rural and remote areas. 

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. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021