Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents, assisted by the Office of Air and Marine’s Tucson Air Branch, rescued a Mexican national yesterday after receiving an emergency phone call for help near Sonoita, Arizona.
At approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit began coordinating search efforts to locate a lost illegal immigrant who dialed 911 after crossing the border illegally.
A short time later, agents from the Border Patrol’s Sonoita Station, along with support from the Office of Air and Marine, located and extracted the distressed subject via helicopter. A BORSTAR emergency medical technician stabilized the man before transporting him to a local hospital for treatment for dehydration.
When Border Patrol agents encounter an individual in need of emergency treatment, their primary concern is to obtain medical care for the individual. Through the effectiveness of interagency partnerships, Tucson Sector Border Patrol is able to assist other federal agencies in life-saving rescues throughout southern Arizona.
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.