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Man Rescued In Remote Big Bend Area Lucky To Be Alive

(NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou/File)

(NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou/File)

PRESIDIO (December 30, 2013) A Houston man rescued after suffering a broken leg while hiking up a mountain in Texas' remote Big Bend area is lucky to be alive, authorities said.

Border Patrol authorities said the man, whose name wasn’t released, suffered a compound leg fracture on San Jacinto Mountain, a nearly 5,000-foot peak north of Presidio.

Agency spokesman Bill Brooks says agents and an emergency medical technician from Presidio spent Friday night on the mountaintop after weather conditions precluded a rescue by a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

A Border Patrol helicopter was able to rescue him later Saturday.

He was taken to a hospital in Alpine and was then transferred to El Paso.

The man's wife and two other hiking companions made it down safely.

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