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3 men injured in falls at border wall in Otay Mesa; 4th rescued atop barrier

Rainwater flows from San Diego toward the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Otay Mesa in February.
Rainwater flows from San Diego toward the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Otay Mesa in February. Four people were found near the border wall early Wednesday, Border Patrol agents said.
(Alejandro Tamayo / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Three men were taken to a hospital Wednesday morning after falling from the international border wall in Otay Mesa, and firefighters rescued a fourth person from the top of the barrier, officials said.

Border Patrol agents encountered the four men, who were allegedly trying to enter the country unlawfully, around 2:45 a.m. about a half-mile west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, according to a Border Patrol statement. Three men appeared to have injured their legs in apparent falls from the border barrier.

Agents requested a response from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and provided medical aid until firefighters arrived, according to the Border Patrol. Once fire personnel arrived, paramedics took the injured men to a hospital, according to an online Fire-Rescue Department log.

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The extent of the men’s injuries was unknown, but at least some of them were believed to be serious, according to Fire-Rescue Department logs.

Firefighters rescued a fourth person from a secondary barrier, and agents took him into custody, according to the Border Patrol.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Updates

10:52 a.m. Dec. 2, 2021: This story was updated with additional details from the Border Patrol.


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