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CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter aircrew rescue man

CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter aircrew rescue man
Archive image: United States Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (CBP-AMO) AS350 B3 helicopter takes-off from Alpine Airport to conducted a mission in the Big Bend Sector area of operation Dec. 6, 2019.
The flight was conducted by the Alpine Air unit, which falls under AMO’s El Paso Air Branch. Big Bend Sector includes over one-quarter of the United States’ southern border and use of helicopters for air-mobility operations to move agents and supplies in and out of harsh terrain has increased apprehensions and seizures of narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo/Greg L. Davis.

Yuma, Ariz. — CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Yuma Air Branch helicopter aircrews and Ajo Station Border Patrol agents rescue man in distress in Southern Arizona.

Last Tuesday, a Yuma Air Branch EC120 helicopter aircrew conducted an aerial patrol in the Mesquite Mountain region of Southwest Arizona. The pilot located a single male who appeared to be in distress, prompting a landing to assess the situation. An agent learned that the undocumented individual had been left behind by a group because he could not keep up, because of a foot injury.

Due to the rugged terrain, the crew requested assistance to transport the injured person from the mountaintop. A Yuma-based AS350 crew with an Air and Marine Emergency Medical Service (AMEMS)-qualified agent on board responded and delivered the man to the road where he was transferred into the custody of Ajo Station Border Patrol agents.

“Because of the intense heat and potential for dehydration, the challenging terrain, and the injuries the man sustained, the stranded man would not have survived without the rescue efforts of the Yuma Air Branch aircrews and our Tucson Sector Border Patrol partners,” said Supervisory Air and Marine Agent, Isidro Linares. 

AMO safeguards our nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2020, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of more than 194,000 pounds of cocaine, over 278,000 pounds of marijuana, nearly 16,000 pounds of methamphetamine, and almost 1,000 weapons. In addition, AMO seized $51.5 million in unreported currency as well as 1,066 arrests and nearly 48,000 apprehensions of undocumented migrants.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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