OTAY MESA, Calif. — A suspected undocumented immigrant was rescued by San Diego firefighters Tuesday after becoming ensnared in the razor wire on top of a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border Patrol agents saw the man stuck in the fence just before 3:45 p.m. and quickly called the San Diego Fire Department to get the man down from his spot east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. It took rescuers over an hour to finally free the man from the razor wire some 20 feet in the air before helping him down to the ground. The undocumented immigrant was evaluated by EMTs at the scene and then taken into custody.
According to the Border Patrol, this is a common occurrence, as in the past fiscal year alone, 21 people have had to be rescued while attempting to cross the border.