Honduran immigrant who fell 400 feet down a cliff rescued by Border Patrol agents

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 01:16:17-05

Authorities have rescued a Honduran immigrant who fell about 400 feet down a 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.