3 people lost after crossing border illegally die in cold weather

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SAN DIEGO -- Three people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally died near the Laguna Mountains Monday after getting lost, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke with the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector said two people traveling in a group of five called 911 Monday afternoon when their fellow travelers began suffering from hypothermia.

Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue agents made contact with the three members of the group in need of immediate medical attention around 5:06 p.m. in a rural area near the La Posta Indian Reservation. Two of those individuals were unresponsive and in grave condition, and another was in serious condition.

Despite receiving medical aid from rescue officials, Border Patrol agents said the three individuals were pronounced dead by 7:30 p.m. The other two individuals were able to walk out of the remote area unassisted.

According to Heitke, weather conditions made it necessary for officials to wait until Tuesday morning to retrieve the bodies.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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