Injured hiker rescued from Big Bend canyon on Memorial Day


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A hiker broke his ankle and had to be rescued from a “treacherous canyon” on Memorial Day at Big Bend State Park.

Several agencies came to the rescue, including the U.S Border Patrol, State Park Police, Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

When they reached the hiker, rescuers learned that the hiker was dehydrated and had sustained a broken ankle. First-responders then had to navigate steep, slippery surfaces and large boulders obstructing the path while keeping the injured hiker stabilized, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

An EMS team from Terlingua waiting below treated the man.

“This is a great example of inter-agency cooperation that resulted in saving the life of a hiker that was seriously injured while enjoying our region’s impressive geography,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said in a statement.  “I’m glad we were able to provide immediate care to the individual and aid him in getting the care he needed.”

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas.

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