CBP uses risky rescue maneuver to save border crosser - New York News

CBP uses risky rescue maneuver to save border crosser

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TUCSON, Ariz. -

A woman from Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally fell about 50 feet down the side of the Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson on Friday.

Her husband called 911 for help, saying she was unable to stand or walk.

Within an hour, Customs and Border Protection, along with other agencies, coordinated a rescue effort in the remote area using a Blackhawk helicopter.

Due to the terrain, agents deployed from the helicopter and hiked a quarter mile up Baboquivari Peak to reach the couple.

Agents determined that the woman suffered a possible leg fracture.  To extract her safely, they used a Helicopter Rappel Suspension Technique.

According to CBP, "While BORSTAR agents rendered aid to the woman, the initial Blackhawk was replaced with a separate Blackhawk equipped with a HRST crew, comprised of OAM Air Enforcement and Interdiction agents and BORSTAR agents specially trained to conduct the rope extraction."

The woman was transported to a local hospital.

No names were released in this case.

For more video from the risky rescue, go to http://youtu.be/TI9u5spOwG4

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