GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Agents with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol rescued 15 undocumented migrants from an open-pit mine in Green Valley.
The incident happened Tuesday, July 19, when a group of men being tracked by agents entered the mine.
"The agents realized that loose soil lining the mine's edge would make it too dangerous for anyone to exit safely," the Border Patrol said in a news release. "BORSTAR agents then deployed to the area to conduct an emergency extraction using ropes."
Border Patrol said the men, from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, were in the United States illegally.