TUCSON – Five illegal aliens were rescued on Thursday from a snowcapped mountain south of Tucson, by U.S. Border Patrol agents, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office personnel and a Department of Public Safety air crew.
The rescue began late Wednesday after Tucson Sector Border Patrol received a 911 call from a man who was stranded atop the Santa Rita Mountains along with four companions, said a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office was also contacted by the man. The Sheriff’s Office coordinated rescue efforts with the DPS air crew, which notified Border Patrol they had located the group on at about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Rescue efforts were postponed until daybreak due to hazardous conditions.
The Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team reached the location on foot and medically stabilized members of the group, which included three Honduran and two Mexican nationals, who were all illegally present in the country. The men were exhausted and had injuries to their extremities caused by the snow and freezing temperatures.
The men were extracted from the area by helicopter and taken to a nearby road where medical personnel from the Green Valley Fire District transported them to a local hospital for treatment.