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Border Patrol agents rescue 15 men from open-pit mine

Agents with the Border Patrol's search and rescue team used ropes to help extricate 15 men from an open-pit mine near Green Valley on Tuesday, authorities said. 

In a news release, agents with the Tucson Sector's public affairs office said that the 15 men were part of a group suspected of entering the country illegally, and were being tracked by agents when they ducked into the mine owned by the Duval Mining Company. 

Agents "risked their own safety" by climbing down to the group, trying to keep them from going further into the mine, where loose soil made it "too dangerous for anyone to exit safely," said the public affairs office. 

The agents called in Tucson Sector's Border Search Trauma and Rescue Team, who set up ropes to help the men and the agents climb safely out of the mine. 

The men were not identified, however, the agency said they were adults from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. 

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Agents with Border Patrol's BORSTAR team set up ropes to help extricate 15 men from an open-pit mine on Tuesday near Green Valley.