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Agents rescue injured border crosser SW of Tucson

Border agents used a helicopter to rescue a injured illegal immigrant who fell in the Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson.

The woman’s husband called for help Friday after he said his wife was unable to get up after a fall.

The couple from Guatemala had crossed the border illegally and had been crossing the rough desert terrain for about two days when she fell about 45 feet, breaking her leg, according to a news release.

The Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue team found the pair halfway up Baboquivari Peak.

Agents deployed from a Blackhawk helicopter, lifting the woman to safety in a rescue basket. The agency posted a video of the rescue on Youtube.

The woman was hospitalized.

December 10, 2012 4:41 pm  • 

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