Undocumented Immigrant Rescued By The Office Of Air and Marine After Fall

September 06, 2013

Border Patrol said the Office of Air and Marine rescued an undocumented immigrant who fell and injured himself while hiking in the mountains southwest of Tucson. Border Patrol spokesman Victor Brabble said a helicopter was deployed to lower a paramedic into the rugged area to help the man with a head injury and broken pelvis.

“They’re not going to come through an area that’s easy to traverse,” Brabble said. “Obviously they want to avoid detection.”

Brabble said agents are often asked to rescue illegal crossers who become stranded in the desert.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline and story has been changed to reflect that the Office of Air and Marine carried out the rescue. Updated 9/6/2013 at 11:45 a.m.