Mar 12, 2012 5:20 PM
TUCSON - Border Patrol agents, assisted by several helicopters from other agencies, rescued four people from the Baboquivari Peak near Green Valley yesterday in two separate incidents Sunday.
Two U.S. citizens became stranded in the mountains after one fell and sustained head and back injuries while hiking Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. They used a cell phone to call for help, and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Team, known as BORSTAR, was dispatched in a CBP Blackhawk helicopter.
Due to the rough terrain, agents requested the assistance of a Department of Public Safety helicopter with hoist capabilities. The DPS helicopter assisted in extracting the injured hiker, who was flown to Tucson for further treatment.
After this rescue, agents regrouped and launched a new search for more individuals who were reportedly lost on the same mountain. Multiple helicopters, including Life Flight and DPS, responded to assist the BORSTAR team. Two individuals from El Salvador were located and given medical treatment for exhaustion, the release states. One was transported to Tucson for further evaluation.