Pinal deputies rescue man lost in desert for 2 days
Undocumented immigrant from Mexico called for help
An undocumented immigrant from Sinaola, Mexico, who was attempting to cross the West Desert on Wednesday was rescured after the man called for help, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said.
Pinal County dispatch received an emergency call around 5 a.m. on Wednesday from the 37-year-old man who said he had been lost in the desert for two days and was tired and in need of help, said PCSO spokesman Elias Johnson.
Dispatchers were unable to locate the man via the GPS in his phone because it was from Mexico, Johnson said.
Armed with a description of the man, a PCSO helicopter crew flew south into the Vekol Valley to search for the distressed man who repeatedly told the dispatcher that he wanted to lie down under a tree and rest, Johnson said.
Dispatchers told the man to remain alert and standing and to wave his shirt in the air for the helicopter crew, but the man said his shoulder was injured and he could not lift his arm, Johnson said.
Just after sunrise, the crew found the man on the side of a mountain, south of Interstate 8. Ground units were able to provide the man, who was disoriented and had difficulty breathing, with first aid, Johnson said.
The man was treated for dehydration and stablized and later turned over to the Border Patrol for processing, Johnson said.
It doesn't matter who the peerson is or whre they're from, if they need our help, we're here for them," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in a press release. "As temperatures rise, more calls for service like this one will undoubtedly come in and we'll be ready to respond."