Nicaraguan Man Dies After Suffering Heat Related Illness
On August 15, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Yuma Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of 27 migrants approximately 1000 feet from the United States-Mexico border near County 8 ½ and Salinity Canal in Yuma, AZ. The BPAs noticed one of the migrants, a male Nicaraguan citizen, was exhibiting signs of heat-related distress. The BPAs requested medical assistance from a local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider.
Approximately 10 minutes later, EMS arrived and transported the man to the Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) where he was admitted. On August 19, 2021, the man succumbed to his ailments while under hospital watch by CBP.
The Yuma County Medical Examiner’s Office and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility are reviewing this incident. The DHS Office of Inspector General was also notified.