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.