A Mexican woman has fractured her spine after falling off a 20-foot cliff while trying to enter the U.S. illegally, according to border agents.
Using remote surveillance, agents saw a Mexican man waving his hands to draw attention to himself near Highway 98 in Ocotillo, California on Thursday, Feb. 8.
The man, 44, told the agents that his 22-year-old girlfriend had fallen off a cliff while trying to cross the border.
Agents were able to follow the footsteps of the man and found his girlfriend in pain from a back injury, according to a press release.
They placed her on a gurney and airlifted her out, taking her to a nearby hospital.
An MRI scan revealed that the woman had fractured her spine.
Agents said in a press release that she would be treated in hospital before being removed from the country.
The man was “taken to the station for further processing,” they said.