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Illegal immigrant gives Customs and Border Protection thumbs up after Otay Mountain rescue

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 22:02:45-04

OTAY MOUNTAIN, Calif. (KGTV) - An illegal immigrant rescued by Border Patrol agents during hot weather in South San Diego County "signaled gratitude" with a thumbs up gesture, CBP San Diego said.

The man had crossed the border illegally and called 911 from Otay Mountain Thursday after midnight to get help, officials said.

Agents used a helicopter to find the man and remove him from rough terrain, according to the CBP San Diego Twitter feed. Temperatures in the area were in the mid-80s with high humidity at the time.

The immigrant was suffering from severe dehydration and was treated at a Border Patrol station, officials said.

The unidentified man, a Mexican citizen, faces removal, CBP San Diego tweeted.