Eleven swimmers attempting to achieve the U.S. from Mexico had been thwarted by border patrol brokers in California, in response to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The group was swimming northbound from the worldwide border within the early morning of May 16 when brokers with the border patrol’s San Diego sector alerted a station in Imperial Beach, California, of their presence. Imperial Beach is about 130 miles south of Los Angeles and sits alongside the border with Mexico.
Agents tried to make contact with the swimmers and 7 circled and swam again towards Mexico, in response to a information launch.
Four individuals continued to swim north earlier than getting out of the water in a state park the place brokers apprehended them.
The waters off the seashore close to Border Field State Park is thought for its harmful rip currents, in response to the company.
“Any attempt to swim around the international border is extremely dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers,” San Diego Sector Communications Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke mentioned in an announcement. “Smugglers do not care about the lives they are endangering, they will make them swim at night, ill-equipped for the frigid temperatures and without flotation devices or safety equipment.”
Since 2014, the worldwide group Missing Migrants Project has recorded the deaths of greater than 2,980 migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. The predominant reason for demise for migrants is drowning, primarily within the Rio Grande.