Mexican military evacuates stranded tourists from Cabo to border

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. -- Hundreds of American tourists who were stranded in Cabo San Lucas by Hurricane Odile were flown north to Tijuana and trucked to the U.S.-Mexican border by the Mexican military Tuesday.

Amy Rubin, who was visiting Cabo from Maryland, along with a group of returning tourists were flown on military planes from Cabo San Lucas to Tijuana. Military trucks brought them from the Tijuana airport to the San Ysidro border crossing.

“It was terrifying, we had flights scheduled to at 3 o’clock on Sunday that were canceled so we got a hotel at the Best Western and just hunkered down for the night, it was terrifying," said Rubin.

Hurricane Odile was blamed for flights out of Cabo San Lucas getting canceled Sunday. The airport was heavily damaged during the storm, and commercial flights have not resumed.

“The airport is destroyed, completely destroyed, we just raided a convenient store and got along and we did the best that we could do," Rubin said.

The bedraggled Americans, many of whom had spent the last few days without electricity or running water in the hard-hit resort at the tip of Baja California, began crossing through the port of entry at about 12 p.m.

After crossing back into the U.S., it was up to each group of travelers to arrange transportation back home.

The "Los Cabos International Airport," will remain closed until September 19 according to some reports, depending on the time it takes for clean-up.

San Diego resident Aldo Boccaccio used to live near the affected area in La Paz, Mexico. He said many of his family members are in Cabo San Lucus, where the storm hit.

All forms of communication Boccaccio are down, he was only able to get in contact with one cousin.

“She said 'I have never lived through anything like this before. We were very afraid. We didn’t sleep all night … we were just working all night trying to get water out of the windows and the doors. Everyone okay, but we do see a lot of damage,'" said Boccaccio.


  • Ace Carter

    Mexico has Military Planes? Not a pretty picture… THEN a nice ride in open military trucks? Check out the Volunteer Cabo San Lucas Fire Dept with ONE engine and ONE ambulance… No way to fight high rise fires… Hotels right on The Ring Of Fire too… Mexico is dangerous stay home..!

    • uzarate

      If you’re asking if Mexico has military planes then you obviously don’t know anything about Mexico and you’re only interest in posting on here is to Mexico bash and vent your hatred of all things Mexican. Get a life and move on.

    • Ace Carter

      Hate Mexico and Mexiccans? Nope not at all…

      John and ken had a guest on that fled Cabo who said POO is all over everywhere since the sewers backed up…

      Don’t forget that all the POO and Pee-Pee goes right into the bay for the Touristas to swim in…

      Mexico is NOT safe.

  • Jennie

    Can anyone who was in Cabo share how they got out? We have family who were at Secrets and haven’t heard from them in 2.5 days. Any info is helpful.

    • Denelle

      I understand your frustration Jennie, I have friends who were in Cabo and were told mandatory evacuation by 4:00 today Sept 19, and to head to the airport, I called Southwest International because I’ve read conflicting reports that no commercial or private aircraft are being allowed in SJD airport San Jose Del Cabo so I wonder which Cabo airport they were flown out of. I heard from my friends that Mexican government airplanes are flying people out to Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Mexico City and are then flown out to American cities but the lines are long to get transported.

  • debby beck

    We have not heard from my bother and sister in law since Monday. The resort said they checked out on Tuesday and now its Thursday night and no word. I am so frustrated with the US and lack of urgency to help the thousands of American’s!

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