VIDEO RELEASE: Sabino Canyon Air and Marine Operations Aircraft Rescue
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) extracted a hiker suffering from a heat emergency in Sabino Canyon over the weekend.
On Friday afternoon, Pima County Search and Rescue (SAR) contacted the US Border Patrol’s Arizona Air Coordination Center (A2C2) to request a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter capable of hoisting a casualty from a heatstroke in Sabino Canyon about 2.5 miles along the Seven Falls Trail to the northeast. of Tuson. At the time, the SAR team was still en route to the victim and requested a helicopter in case an air evacuation was required. A2C2 relayed the request to the AMO Tucson Air Branch at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., the UH-60 crew took off from the air branch and were on scene within 7 minutes. Upon arrival, the crew located the patient and the SAR team, but could not find a suitable landing area near the patient due to steep and uneven terrain. The crew inserted a single rescue specialist by means of a winch about 35 feet. The patient and the rescue specialist were extracted using a winch. An AMO emergency medical technician on board assessed the 25-year-old patient, a US citizen, who suffered from heat-related injuries. The patient was transported to a rescue team from the nearby Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
“When someone is in trouble, whether it’s along the border or anywhere else in southern Arizona, citizenship, nationality or immigration status is not an issue,” said the director of flight operations, Tucson Air Branch, Michael Montgomery. “The same tools used for border security are directed immediately to the person in need, whether they are atop an inaccessible peak in the Baboquivari Mountains or elsewhere.”
AMO protects our nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our air and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With federal agents and mission support personnel, aircraft, and ships operating in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in air and maritime environments at and beyond of the border, and inside the country.