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Border Patrol agents rescue 3 hikers near Sells

Border Patrol agents rescued three hikers in the Baboquivari Mountains on Wednesday after the men called 911 for help on Tuesday, authorities said. 

Agents from the Three Points substation, along with members of the elite Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team or BORSTAR, began searching for the three men in the Baboquivari wilderness, about 45 miles southwest of Tucson, near Sells.

Before dawn, the Three Points agents located two of the men, who had made their way to the bottom of a trailhead, the spokesman said. The hikers told agents that a third man was still on top of the mountain and "unable to proceed," he said.  

The agents searched for and located the 66-year-old man, staying with him until sunrise when BORSTAR agents arrived to extract him, the spokesman said. 

The BORSTAR agents evaluated the man, and decided to request help from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's helicopter. The DPS crew hoisted the man off the mountaintop and carried him to a waiting ambulance so he could be taken to a local hospital, the spokesman said. 

"In the Tucson Sector’s harsh desert environment, Border Patrol security operations often turn into humanitarian rescue missions," he said. 

The agency also reiterated that people should call 911 or activate a rescue beacon if they're in trouble or see others in distress.

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BORSTAR agents rescued a 66-year-old man from the Baboquivari wilderness Wednesday.