Honduran man who fell 400 feet down Arizona cliff is rescued

January 10, 2017 11:56 AM


TUCSON, Ariz.,  Jan 11: Authorities have rescued an Honduran immigrant who fell about 400 feet down a steep cliff in southern Arizona.

Tohono O'odham police contacted Border Patrol agents at the Three Points Substation on Sunday night about a man in their custody saying his traveling partner was left behind in the Baboquivari Mountains because of a broken ankle.

Tucson Sector agents and an air crew located the man late Monday southwest of Three Points.

Agents were unable to locate a safe approach on foot and determined a hoist extraction was necessary due to the extreme terrain.

They established a command post overnight until a high-altitude aerial rescue could be launched Tuesday morning.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter lowered a trooper-paramedic who stabilized the unidentified man before transporting him to a hospital.


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