Border Patrol agents rescue man forced into dry well by smugglers in southern Arizona desert

Published March 27, 2014
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. – Responding to an immigrant's cries for help, Border Patrol agents pulled the man from a 40-foot-deep dry water well that he'd been forced into by smugglers in the southern Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Border Patrol says the 41-year-old Guatemalan man said he'd been forced to slide down a pipe in the well on Sunday after he refused to carry drugs while crossing the border near Sells.

Border Patrol spokesman Peter Bidegain (BID'-again) says the smugglers had left the man for dead and that the agents used a rope to pull the man out of the well.

Bidegain says the man was OK despite being in the well and without water for about 24 hours. Bidegain says the man is being processed for removal from the United States.