Mt. Lemmon rescue in Tuscon. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -
Two people were rescued from Mt. Lemmon in Tucson in a rollover crash Monday, federal authorities said.
A man and woman in a Jeep had driven off the road and landed in a canyon 125 feet below the roadway, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.
Metro Fire called the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team to help crew members of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association reach the pair.
The teams used a technical rope rescue technique to hoist the couple out of the canyon.
Both people suffered multiple injuries and were stabilized before being taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center.
BORSTAR was created in 1998 in response to a growing number of migrant deaths along the nation's border. In addition to the more than 45 agents in this specialty unit, Tucson Sector Border Patrol also employs 1,000 agents trained as first responders, 250 as emergency medical technicians and 15 paramedics.
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