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Man rescued in 'high-risk' mission in Baboquivari Mtns.

  • Agents with the Office of Air and Marine and Border Patrol's elite rescue unit, BORSTAR on board a Black Hawk helicopter.
    CBPAgents with the Office of Air and Marine and Border Patrol's elite rescue unit, BORSTAR on board a Black Hawk helicopter.

A man injured during a fall in the Baboquivari Mountains was rescued from a deep ravine by helicopter in a "high-risk" mission Tuesday, officials said.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol rescued the man, who suffered serious injuries his head and legs.

Border Patrol agents found the man, an immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally, and called for help. The Tucson Air Branch dispatched a UH-60 Black Hawk with a hoist, according to a release from U.S.  Customs and Border Protection.

The helicopter arrived and a hoist operator lowered a paramedic from BORSTAR, the Border Search Trauma and Rescue team, and a member of the helicopter crew trained in emergency medicine.

The two men climbed down the ravine and then carried the victim to a litter, and all three men were hoisted into the helicopter.

Agents then flew the victim to Ryan Airfield for advanced medical care.

This rescue was considered high-risk because of rugged terrain and because it occurred at an altitude of 6000 ft., the agency said.


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