SAN DIEGO – It was a busy holiday weekend for San Diego Sector’s Border Patrol agents, rescuing multiple migrants, between Friday and Monday.
On July 2, at approximately 5:55 a.m., Border Patrol received a 9-1-1 call from a group of individuals who had recently crossed the international border near the San Diego and El Centro County lines in the Jacumba Mountain Wilderness. The group reported that they had run out of water and needed assistance. One of the individuals in the group had cerebral palsy and was having a difficult time trying to traverse the rugged terrain.
Agents responded to the area, using coordinates triangulated from the 9-1-1 call. Within an hour, an agent with his canine partner were able to track and locate the group in distress. Agents confirmed all individuals were in good physical condition and all declined medical attention.
The five Nicaraguan nationals (four women and one man) were determined to be in the United States illegally and were transported to the nearest Border Patrol station for processing.
“Many times, our agents are pulled away from their primary law enforcement duties to save people from life threatening situations at the border,” said San Diego Sector Patrol Chief Aaron Heitke. “Crossing the border by land or sea, at places other than designated Ports of Entry, will continue to be extremely dangerous.”
The next morning on July 3, at approximately 6:30 a.m., an agent assigned to the Brown Field station was working in the Jamul area, south of California State Route 94. While actively pursuing a group of migrants, the agent came across an unresponsive female and her husband. The agent immediately stopped to provide first aid and called for additional assistance.
Two Border Patrol agents trained as Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on site and rendered medical aid until paramedics arrived to transport the female to a local hospital. Both migrants were determined to be Mexican nationals, illegally present in the United States.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.