Five illegal immigrants should be thanking their lucky stars the good men and women of the Border Patrol saved their lives.
Agents rescued five illegal aliens trapped on a snowy Arizona mountain this past Thursday, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed and Fox News reported.
Late last Wednesday, American officials said that Tucson Sector Border Patrol and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO) received emergency 911 calls from one of the men.
The SCCSO “coordinated efforts with a Department of Public Safety (DPS) aircrew, who spotted the group on the mountain south of Tucson just after 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, but had to postpone rescue operations until dawn as conditions worsened during the night,” reported Fox News.
By early the next day, agents at the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team trekked to reach the stranded group of men.
When they arrived, agents gave the men a medical check “to stabilize their conditions” and ultimately determined that they were not able to walk out themselves to safety.
UPDATE: Five migrants rescued in Madera Canyon https://t.co/piHiF0onS1
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Border Patrol rescue five illegal aliens from snowy Santa Rita mountains. FIFY.
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“All five men — three Honduran nationals and two Mexican nationals illegally present in the country — were exhausted and had injuries caused by the snow and freezing temperatures to their extremities,” said the CBP, as Fox News noted.
So agents called for a helicopter to airlift the individuals off the mountain, according to the release.
From there, they were taken to a nearby road.
Green Valley Fire District medical personnel then transported them to a hospital for medical care.
The five men will be processed for immigration violations once their physical conditions improve, the CBP said.
The individuals “did not have the proper clothing to travel through that [desert] area in cold weather … Florida Canyon is very rugged and dangerous terrain; they were very lucky they had a form of communication or it could have been a bad ending,” as KOLD News 13 reported.