Border Patrol agents rescue man from mine shaft

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

Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector continue to provide the needed assistance in rescuing individuals from any situation that occurs.Over the weekend, agents rescued two men.One man was severely injured after falling into a mine shaft while the other had an injured ankle and was disoriented.

On Sunday, agents from the Douglas Border Patrol Station received a call from Mexican law enforcement informing that they received a phone call from a third party concerning of an individual that had fallen into a mine shaft and was severely injured 7 miles east of Douglas, Ariz.

Agents began searching the area and were able to locate the individual, a 45 year old Mexican national male who fell over 35 feet into an abandoned mine shaft and was unable to move due to a possible broken hip.Border Patrol Search and Rescue (BORSTAR) Agents and Cochise County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue (CCSSR) units arrived on scene and were able to rappel into the mine shaft and stabilize the man.The Search and Rescue Teams successfully extracted the man from the mine shaft and safely transported him to a local hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

This morning, Nogales Border Patrol Station received information from a 911 call taken by Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department regarding a man injured and lost in the desert near Nogales, Ariz.Agents were able to contact the caller's cell phone and just before his battery went dead; they received a general description of his location, 4 miles north of the border and west of Nogales.

Agents began a search of the area and after several hours located the man, a Mexican National near Interstate 19.The man explained that he was left behind by the smuggler after he had injured his ankle and could not keep up with the group.The man refused further medical attention and was transported to Nogales Station for processing.