By | February 8, 2024

Tragic Drowning Incident Amidst Storm in San Diego

A heart-wrenching incident unfolded recently near the U.S./Mexico International Border. Tragically, a 61-year-old West African national lost his life in the tumultuous waters of the Tijuana River Channel. The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the man drowned while attempting to cross the border alongside a group of undocumented travellers.

The Incident and Its Aftermath

The man’s journey took a fatal turn as he wrestled with the storm-swollen waters of the Tijuana River Channel. This area, located west of the San Ysidro Port, forms part of the natural border between the U.S and Mexico. The torrential downpour from the winter storm made the crossing treacherous, resulting in the group being separated.

Another member of the group, who had witnessed the man’s struggle with the river, managed to alert a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Unfortunately, the agents were unable to reach the man in time due to the dangerous conditions. The San Diego Fire-Rescue swift water crews were then summoned to the scene. Although they succeeded in retrieving the man’s body from the river, their lifesaving efforts proved futile. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rescue Efforts Amidst the Storm

Despite the tragic outcome of this incident, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed that they were able to rescue two other people from the storm-swollen river on the same day. These successful rescues underscore the vital role that the fire-rescue teams play, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

The identity of the deceased man will be released once his family has been notified. As we await further details about this tragic incident, our thoughts go out to the man’s family and those affected by the storm. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by undocumented travellers and the heroism of the rescue services that work tirelessly to save lives.