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Wounded man rescued by Border Patrol near Sells

Suffering from a gunshot wound to his left leg, a Honduran man was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after Border Patrol agents found him near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning southwest of Sells, authorities said. 

An agent patrolling along the international border found the man, identified only as a 24-year-old, lying next to the road and immediately radioed for assistance from the Border Patrol's Search, Trauma and Rescue team, said a spokesman with the Tucson Sector's Public Affairs Office.

The man told agents that he was shot three days earlier while still in Mexico, the spokesman said in a news release.

While stranded in the desert, the man applied two tourniquets to his left leg and, at some point, dragged himself under the border fence, said the spokesman.

The man was found about 70 miles from Tucson, on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

BORSTAR agents arrived in a Blackhawk helicopter flown by Air and Marine Operations and immediately treated the man for transport to the hospital, the spokesman said. 

The Tohono O’odham Police Department is investigating the incident. 

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BORSTAR agents carry a wounded Honduran man to a waiting Blackhawk helicopter for transport to a Tucson hospital. The man said he was shot in Mexico, but managed to drag himself beneath the fence southwest of Sells, Arizona.