Federal officials said a woman died after authorities believed she tried to swim across the US-Mexico border in San Diego with a group of immigrants.
The death of the woman, whose identity has not been released, was announced around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
Border Patrol agents were notified shortly after 11:30 p.m. Friday that about 70 people were trying to swim from Tijuana to the United States at Border Field State Park.
Officials said that responding officers discovered the woman was unresponsive and attempted CPR to no avail.
“This is another example of the ruthless tactics smuggling organizations use to enhance their power and profits.” San Diego Division Chief Patrol Aaron Hiteke said in a statement. “We will work tirelessly to pursue those responsible for this tragedy and bring them to justice.”
Meanwhile, agents detained 36 adult Mexican nationals for treatment, including 13 who were recovered from the water.
It was not clear if other migrants had returned to Tijuana or were missing.