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AZ AMO/Border Patrol EC120 and AS350 Rescue Distressed Hiker

A Yuma Air Branch EC120 Crew Conducted The Initial Aerial Patrol In The Mesquite Mountain Region

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Yuma Air Branch aircrews and Ajo Station Border Patrol agents rescued an individual in distress in Southern Arizona on October 5.

Recently, a Yuma Air Branch EC120 crew conducted an aerial patrol in the Mesquite Mountain region of Southwest Arizona. The pilot located a single male who appeared to be in distress, prompting a landing to assess the situation. An agent learned that the undocumented individual had been left behind by a group because he could not keep up, because of a foot injury.

Due to the rugged terrain, the crew requested assistance to transport the injured person from the mountaintop. A Yuma-based AS350 crew with an Air and Marine Emergency Medical Service (AMEMS)-qualified agent on board responded and delivered the man to the road where he was transferred into the custody of Ajo Station Border Patrol agents.

“Because of the intense heat and potential for dehydration, the challenging terrain, and the injuries the man sustained, the stranded man would not have survived without the rescue efforts of the Yuma Air Branch aircrews and our Tucson Sector Border Patrol partners,” said Supervisory Air and Marine Agent, Isidro Linares.

AMO operates with approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, serving as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.



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