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Man rescued from Texas Big Bend-area mountain top

Published On: Dec 29 2013 06:44:34 PM CST
Texas News - spotlight
PRESIDIO, Texas -

(AP) - Authorities in West Texas say a Houston man is lucky to be alive after he suffered a broken leg hiking up a mountain in Texas' remote Big Bend area.
    
Border Patrol authorities said Sunday the man, identified only as from Houston, 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 mountain top after weather conditions blocked a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter from a rescue.  A Border Patrol chopper was able to retrieve him later Saturday. He was taken to a hospital in Alpine and then transferred to El Paso.
    
The man's wife and two other hiking companions made it down safely.