NOGALES, AZ - A man who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border has been rescued after falling about 125 feet from a ridge in southern Arizona and suffering multiple injuries, authorities said.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter found the injured man about 8:45 p.m. Monday.
The helicopter crew spotted what appeared to be a flicker of light on the west side of Mule Ridge near Nogales. The flicker turned out to be a signal for help from a man who had fallen from a nearby mountain top, according to CBP officials.
They said a border agent was lowered from the helicopter to help the injured man, who was later hoisted up and taken to a waiting ambulance.
The man's condition was deemed to be serious enough that he was transferred to a civilian medical helicopter for transport to a Tucson hospital.
The man had a badly broken ankle, cuts to his face and back, possible internal bleeding and was coughing up blood, the agency said Wednesday morning.
CBP officials didn't immediately have an update on the man's condition later Wednesday or his name, age and hometown.