CALEXICO, Calif. –Sunday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a man from hanging himself on the border fence.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:05 p.m., near 1st Street in Calexico, when a Border Patrol agent observed a man climb over the border fence using a rope. The agent responded to the area and observed the man had hung himself with the rope.
The agent approached the man and grabbed him by the legs, elevating him to release the pressure around his neck. The agent held on until another agent arrived on the scene to assist.
As both agents elevated the man, the rope unraveled itself and they were able to lower him to the ground. Once lowered, the man was found to be unresponsive and not breathing. One of the agents quickly took actions that revived the man.
Calexico Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) arrived on scene and monitored the man’s vital signs until the Calexico Fire Department and ambulance arrived.
The man was later identified to be 27-years-old, and a citizen of Mexico. He was transported to El Centro Regional Medical center for further evaluation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.