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In the middle of the attempt to illegally cross the border of Mexico and the United States, a woman drowned while swimming around the border barrier in San Diego with a group of dozens of migrants Friday night.
Faced with the incident that occurred around 11:40 pm on Friday, Border Patrol agents were notified of a group of about 70 people who were trying to cross the border from Tijuana to the United States at Border Field State Park, he reviewed Telemundo 20.
When the agents arrived at the place to inspect, they found a woman who did not respond, and they thought she was part of the group of swimmers, but the one who was unconscious they proceeded to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation and tried to seek medical services, but she was finally declared dead minutes more late.
From the group of 70 people, Border Patrol agents located 36 Mexican citizens swimming around the border barrier. Among them were 25 men and 11 women, including 13 people rescued from the water by the Coast Guard.
The 36 people who tried to cross the border illegally were detained and transported to a station near the Border Patrol, indicated the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) through a statement.
The Border Patrol in conjunction with the Air and Marine Operations, Coast Guard and California State Parks kept searching the place to try to find more illegal migrants who could be in danger.
“This is yet another example of the ruthless tactics smuggling organizations use to bolster their power and profits.”stated Aaron Heitke, who serves as the chief agent for the patrol in the San Diego sector.
“We will work tirelessly to prosecute and bring to justice those responsible for this tragedy,” Heintke said.
The seaway emerges as an alternative for the attempted crossing
The alternative of illegal border crossing by sea has been increasing in recent months, in addition to smuggling attempts by this route, informó The Washington Post.
US authorities recognized this reality in August, when through CBP, reported record levels of maritime smuggling events in Orange in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California, which led to the arrest of 90 undocumented immigrants.
“Smuggling along the California coast is inherently dangerous, and criminal organizations do not care about public safety,” CBP officials said in a news release. “They see migrants and narcotics simply as cargo.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.