IMPERIAL BEACH, CA. – Fixation on a border wall has been a recurring theme these past few years – but in this case, it was something entirely else. It required an emergency rescue by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents.
On December 30th, a migrant had become stuck on the border wall during an illegal attempt to enter the U.S. Tuesday’s incident occurred at approximately 8:15 PM – as agents on patrol in Imperial Beach spotted a man stuck, and hanging on the international boundary wall.
Due to the perilous location, where the wall juts out into the Pacific Ocean, a rescue was required to dislodge the 25-year-old Mexican national. His attempt to scale down into the U.S. resulted in his dangling above the ocean water line on the American side.
“Mexican authorities were able to dislodge the man from the fence,” said CA Border Patrol (CBP). Once USBP agents escorted the man to safety, standby emergency medical services transported the man to a nearby hospital for hypothermia and knee pain.
“Let this serve as a grave reminder,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “A smuggler’s sole motive is profit. When the going gets tough, they will leave you hanging, both literally and figuratively. Our agents will always preserve lives whenever possible.”
Mission Statement: 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
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, you are encouraged to contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.