No one was injured Monday when three people were rescued from the top of the US-Mexico border wall at Otay Mesa, south of San Diego.
Firefighters responded to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection backup for three people trapped atop the border fence west of the Otay Mesa port of entry around 7:30 a.m., the fire department said. from San Diego.
Cal Fire San Diego County Captain Brett Bruno said calls for help at the US-Mexico border have become more frequent.
“It’s a very common rescue that we have here in [Otay Mesa]”, Bruno said. “They can get up between the fences, but they can’t come down that side without causing significant injuries.”
Border Patrol agents confirmed that the three Mexican nationals were detained and awaiting processing.
Border wall incidents
Since 2019, there has been an increase in accidents and deaths of migrants attempting to jump the border wall in San Diego County. While between 2016 and 2019 67 accidents were reported, between 2019 and 2021 this number increased to 375.
According to doctors at UC San Diego Medical Center, the height of the wall may be to blame for the increase in deaths and serious injuries at the border.
Customs and Border Protection blame the smugglers for the dangers at the border. In late May, the agency told Telemundo 20, NBC’s sister station 7, in a statement the following:
“The border wall was built to deter illegal crossings, but smugglers constantly lie to migrants about how easily they can circumvent it. It is common for smugglers to order them to climb dangerous ropes or ladders to the top of 18 or 30 foot walls without providing a way down the other side. Even a person in peak physical condition would struggle to descend from the structure. When people are injured by falling walls, Border Patrol agents respond to provide first aid and get the medical attention they need. Transnational criminal organizations use these events as distractions to smuggle groups into other regions. These criminals also attempt to smuggle people through dangerous waterways, remote and treacherous terrain, and are kidnapped in cars or in the back of tractor-trailers. All of these can cause serious injury or death.
CBP recently initiated the Border Infrastructure Falls Tracking Process. The San Diego Area Border Patrol is working to improve methods for tracking rescues in each category to include injuries from falling walls.