Border agents rescued man from mine shaft

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TUCSON - The following is a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Agents (BORSTAR) rescued a man that had fallen into a mine shaft near East Montezuma Canyon.In a separate incident three individuals were rescued from severe dehydration west of Red Rock, Ariz.

Yesterday, at approximately 11:00 pm, Naco Border Patrol Agents apprehended a group of fourteen illegal aliens south of East Montezuma Canyon. The group notified the agents that an individual in their group had fallen into an abandoned mineshaft nearby.At 11:20 am, agents discovered the mineshaft and requested air support and BORSTAR for medical assistance and assistance with extraction.It was apparent that the man had injuries to both his legs and to his back.At approximately 12:30 pm, Border Patrol Agents, Fry Fire Department, and members of the Cochise County Search and Rescue team were able to extract the man from the mineshaft. The man was then transported by Life Flight to the hospital for further medical treatment.

In the second incident yesterday, at approximately 2:30 pm, BORSTAR agents received a 911 call from a group of three subjects that were lost and feeling ill west of Red Rock, Arizona.

A search and rescue operation was initiated and air support responded to the area.At approximately 3:00 pm, CBP Air crew located the distressed individuals and BORSTAR Agents responded to the scene.All three subjects were then treated via IV therapy for dehydration.All three subjects declined further medical treatment and were transported to the Casa Grande Station for further processing.

There have been 418 rescues in the Tucson Sector from October 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008.