Border Patrol agent rescued after fall in canyon

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SAN DIEGO — Fellow agents and sheriff’s deputies came to the rescue of a U.S. Border Patrol officer who was injured Tuesday in a fall in a remote area near Otay Mountain.

Border Patrol RescueThe agent radioed his colleagues about 7 a.m. to report that he had tumbled about 15-foot down a bluff in Copper Canyon while on a routine  solo patrol. He said he suffered head, leg and arm injuries, according to USBP public affairs.

Fellow Border Patrol personnel who were nearby at the time went to the injured agent’s aid, stabilizing him at the scene as a sheriff’s helicopter was en route to pick him up.

The aircraft personnel took him to a nearby access road, where a medics loaded him into a waiting air ambulance, USBP agent agent Gerardo Gutierrez said.

The victim, whose injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, was then flown to a hospital. His name was not released.