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Missing migrant rescued by Pima County deputies

The search for a missing man ended successfully Saturday with his rescue by deputies with the Pima County Sheriff's Department near Three Points, west of Tucson. 

Around 1 p.m. on Friday, agents with the Border Patrol's BORSTAR unit asked PCSD to help search for a migrant after he was reported missing by his brother on the far west side of Tucson, south of Three Points. 

The group combed the desert west for several hours until the search was suspended around 9 p.m., a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Around 7:15 a.m. Saturday, a deputy with the Search and Rescue Unit was about two miles into his search area on a dirt road off State Highway 286 when he spotted the missing man lying next to the road, Deputy Tom Peine said.

"He was conscious and breathing, but severely dehydrated," said Peine, who did not identify the man.

BORSTAR agents provided medical treatment to stabilize the man and he was transported to a local hospital for additional care, he said.

Peine said that volunteers with the Coalición de Derechos Humanos were also in the area. 

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BORSTAR agents demonstrate their skills during a mock rescue in April.