Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents and helicopter units rescued two distressed men lost in the desert near Gila Bend, AZ early Monday morning April 27, 2020. Both men were in the United States illegally.
A local emergency response call center routed a 911 call to Tucson Sector agents from two men claiming to be in lost in the desert. Dispatchers provided a general search area to agents who, with the assistance of a helicopter, located the men several hours later in a remote area near Gila Bend.
Difficult terrain forced the helicopter to drop off Emergency Medical Technicians, one a Tucson Sector agent and the other a Gila Bend Fire Department firefighter. The EMTs medically stabilized the two men shortly after 6 a.m. The men were then airlifted to a local hospital by AZDPS Helicopter Trooper-Paramedics.
Both men were found to be illegally present in the country and will be processed for immigration violations once medical staff discharges them from the hospital. Since Friday, Tucson Sector agents have rescued 15 different people in eight separate incidents throughout southern Arizona.