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CBP chopper crew rescues Guatemalan man near Three Points

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted a 19-year-old Guatemalan man on Thursday from a rugged wilderness area near Three Points, about 20 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. 

A Border Patrol agent found the man, who had a broken ankle, and was stuck on a mountainside in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness area, "known for its rugged peaks, massive rounded bluffs, sheer cliff faces, and large open canyons," said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The agent assessed the man's injuries, and then called for assistance from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team, better known as BORSTAR, to the remote area, said Daniels. 

A helicopter crew with the Air and Marine Office transported BORSTAR agents to the site, and after the man was stabilized for transport, they lifted him out of the mountains and carried to a waiting EMT crew from the Three Points Fire Department. The Guatemalan man, who was not identified, was transported to a nearby hospital, said Daniels. 

The man will remain in BP custody until he is released from the hospital and processed under Tucson Sector guidelines, said Daniels.

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An agent with CBP's Air and Marine Office guides a rescue line down to BORSTAR agents during a rescue operation in the Coyote Wilderness area on Thursday.


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