• May 17, 2022
 CBP AMO El Paso Air Branch assists in rescue of injured hiker

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CBP AMO El Paso Air Branch assists in rescue of injured hiker

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air Marine Operations, El Paso Air Branch,  assisted El Paso Fire Department’s Combined Search and Rescue with the helicopter casualty  evacuation of an injured hiker in the Franklyn Mountains on Sunday.  

El Paso Police Department called AMO El Paso Air Branch requesting assistance in helping rescue 51- year-old female hiker with a broken leg on Smugglers Pass Trail near Transmountain Road. The woman  fell while hiking in rough terrain Sunday morning, sustaining a head injury and a broken leg.  

AMO Air Branch dispatched a UH-60 Blackhawk to airlift the injured hiker in a rescue basket along  with an Emergency Medical Technician so that the patient could be transported out of the mountains to a  road with a waiting ambulance for further transport of the patient to a local hospital.  

CBP AMO El Paso Air Branch regularly trains with El Paso and El Paso County Search and Rescue  teams to conduct helicopter casualty evacuations.  

“This rescue is an example of why CBP pilots in the El Paso Air Branch regularly train with our local El  Paso Combined Search and Rescue partners to conduct this type of life-saving casualty evacuation,” said  John Stonehouse, Director AMO El Paso Air Branch. “CBP AMO helicopters and crews often work  with local SAR teams to conduct emergency casualty evacuations in West Texas and New Mexico. Our  ability to operate effectively together can be the difference between life and death when a person is in  distress in the unforgiving desert and mountainous terrain of this region.”  

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