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|December 14, 2019|
Immigrants fail in perilous drainage tube crossing
SAN YSIDRO – (INT) – Twenty undocumented immigrants tried to take advantage of the Thanksgiving night storm, but were trapped in a drainage tube underneath the border. One perished.
During a 4-hour period, Border Patrol agents undertook rescue operations as water was rising inside the tube located about 2-miles from the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Several of the would-be immigrants had fallen down the tube and were reached through a manhole. Another was found dead on the nearby beach at the Tijuana River mouth.
All the survivors, including 15 Mexican nationals, were taken to a hospital for treatment and recovery.
“Inclement weather conditions and perilous drainage pipe water flows, significantly increase the odds of a grim outcome,” said Chief Border Patrol Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison.
Story Date: December 6, 2019