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Lost Hikers Rescued by CBP Agencies' Coordinated Efforts

Release Date: 
July 24, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Two hikers reported missing in Sycamore Canyon were rescued Monday night by Nogales Border Patrol agents working in cooperation with a helicopter crew from Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine, Tucson Air Branch.

Assisted by the OAM crew, agents located the 63-year-old man and 11-year-old child within a short time after being flagged down by a concerned family member. The hikers were medically evaluated and quickly returned to their group.

The Sonoran Desert is dangerous. Temperatures can fluctuate from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to below freezing. CBP agencies in Arizona are committed to working closely with federal, state, local and tribal agencies to save the lives of anyone in need, regardless of nationality.

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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