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CBP agents rescue man in Baboquivari Mountains

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with help from an Arizona National Guard helicopter crew, rescued a Mexican man injured from a fall in the Baboquivari mountains Thursday, authorities said.

The unidentified man called 911 and Border Patrol agents began searching an area near Sasabe around 8 p.m., a news release from CBP said. A short time later, the ANG aircrew spotted the man and relayed his location to CBP.

Border Patrol agents found the man, who had suffered several cuts on his head and "injuries to his back and legs,” the agency said. Deciding that a nighttime evacuation was too dangerous, the agents waited until 4 a.m, when the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team arrived and assessed the man’s injuries. 

The BORSTAR agents requested a helicopter, which hoisted the injured man aboard and delivered him to waiting Emergency Medical Services personnel. After a second evaluation, he was taken to a local hospital. 

Following a medical evaluation, the man was deported under Tucson Sector guidelines, the agency said.  

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Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection simulate a rescue during a demonstration in April. On May 5, agents with BORSTAR and a helicopter crew with the Office of Air and Marine rescued a Mexican man who called 911 after suffering a fall in the Baboquivari mountains.