TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue agents together with Mobile Response Team agents, rescued a Mexican man Wednesday afternoon who fell 35 feet from a cliff west of Ajo.
MRT agents tracking a group of suspected illegal aliens witnessed a man fall from a cliff and immediately requested emergency medical assistance and air support. Nearby BORSTAR and MRT agents responded quickly and were assisted by a Pinal County Sheriff air unit that airdropped a medical supply bag and coordinated communications.
The unconscious man was prepared for transport by Border Patrol agents. Pima County provided airlift extraction from the rocky terrain. An air ambulance waiting nearby flew the patient to a Phoenix area hospital for emergency medical treatment. Once medically cleared he will be processed for immigration violations.
In the Tucson Sector’s harsh desert environment, Border Patrol security operations can quickly turn into humanitarian rescue operations. Border Patrol officials encourage anyone in distress, or witnessing others in distress to call 911 or activate a rescue beacon before a casualty occurs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.
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.