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BP agents, DPS helicopter rescue woman man from mountaintop

A helicopter crew with the Arizona Department of Public Safety rescued a woman Wednesday from a mountaintop in the Baboquivari wilderness about 45 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. 

This was the second time this week that a DPS helicopter rescued an immigrant apprehended by Border Patrol agents. 

Border Patrol agents from the Tucson and Three Points stations responded to a 911 call from a woman, identified only as an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, said a spokesman from U.S. Border Patrol. 

The woman said that she was "lost, exhausted, and in need of water," and gave the agents a general description of her location in the Baboquivari mountains, about 45 miles southwest of Tucson. 

A few hours later, BP agents with emergency medical training reached the woman, who was stranded on a steep mountain peak, the spokesman said. 

The agents treated the woman, and requested help from DPS. The helicopter landed nearby and transported the woman off the mountains and she was transferred to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter and taken to a hospital. 

She was evaluated and later released to Border Patrol, and she will face charges for immigration violations, the spokesman said. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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One of the Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopters.