Two Migrants Found near Death in California Mountains near Border

Border Patrol agents rescue a Mexican man suffering heat stroke in the Jacumba Mountains of Southern California. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector)
File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector

Two Central American migrants experienced the near-deadly consequences of illegally crossing the border into the California mountains close to San Diego. Both migrants, in separate incidents, faced nearly deadly illness after getting lost in the wilderness areas.

San Diego Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch received an emergency call on Friday from Mexican government authorities regarding a man lost on the U.S. side of the border. U.S. officials dispatched Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents to Otay Mountain where they began a search and rescue operation, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials.

The BORSTAR team found the man — later identified as a Guatemalan national illegally present in the United States — on the mountain in East County. Agents reported the 41-year-old man was coughing up blood and struggling to breathe.

The BORSTAR agents teamed up with the San Diego Sector Strike Team to litter-carry the migrant off the mountain to an awaiting ambulance. Doctors at a nearby hospital treated the Guatemalan migrant for hypertension and dehydration.

On Sunday, San Diego Sector agents encountered a migrant who illegally crossed the border into the wilderness area near Jamul, officials stated. The agents said the man appeared to be in an altered mental state and fell in and out of consciousness. Border Patrol agents and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection workers helped carry the man to an awaiting ambulance.

The medical team transported the man, identified as a 27-year-old Honduran national who illegally crossed the border, to a nearby hospital.

“There is no safe way to cross the border illegally,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a written statement. “Thankfully, our robust search-and-rescue program, collaboration with foreign officials, and local partnerships continue to pay dividends and save lives.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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