IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted in the rescue of a migrant who was found stuck on the border wall Dec. 29, 2020.
The incident occurred at 8:15 p.m., when agents patrolling Imperial Beach observed a man hanging from the international boundary wall where it juts out into the Pacific Ocean.
The man, a 25-year-old Mexican national, had tried to scale down into the U.S. and was hanging above the ocean water line, according to officials. Although he was on the American side of the border, Mexican authorities were able to dislodge the man from the fence. USBP agents then escorted the man to safety.
“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.”
Emergency medical services were on standby and transported the man to a nearby hospital for hypothermia and knee pain.