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Border Patrol agents rescue man with broken legs in Arizona

Posted at 1:16 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 16:27:01-04

Border Patrol agents found a man with two broken legs in rugged terrain in the Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border and carried him a mile to a location accessible by vehicle.

The Border Patrol says agents found the man Saturday night near Sells through GPS tracking after a 911 caller said another person needed medical assistance. Sells is 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Tucson.

The man was found in a remote area inaccessible to helicopters and vehicles. He said he was injured when he fell into a wash while hiking at night.

The Border Patrol says smugglers often abandon people who can't keep up with a group.

The man's identity wasn't released.

The Border Patrol says he was treated at a hospital and awaits processing for immigration violations.