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BP agents rescue man from rugged Az mountains

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working with the Arizona Department of Public Safety rescued a stranded man in the rugged terrain of the Baboquivari Mountains on Tuesday night, authorities said. 

Around 8 p.m., agents at the Three Points Border Patrol station received a 911 call from a man, who told agents he was lost and stranded in the mountains, about 19 miles southeast of Sells, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

A helicopter crew with CBP began a search and eventually spotted the man lying motionless on a mountainside, Daniels said. 

The helicopter could not land because of the terrain, so the crew relayed the man's location to BP agents with Tucson Sector's elite Search Trauma and Rescue Team, known as BORSTAR. 

Carrying packs loaded with medical equipment, BORSTAR agents hiked two hours through the night to get to the missing man, later identified as a 42-year old Mexican national. 

Just after 12:30 a.m., agents found and treated the man while waiting for helicopter from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which airlifted him out. 

The man was transported to a local hospital where he remains in Border Patrol custody, said Daniels. 

From October to the end of March, Tucson Sector Border Patrol said they had rescued 323 people from the desert. In the previous fiscal year, Border Patrol agents in the sector rescued 794 people, according to figures released by the agency.

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A BORSTAR agent watches as a Blackhawk helicopter with CBP rises into the air during a rescue demonstration in April.