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Woman dies after falling from wall at U.S.-Mexico border

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-15 23:58:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A woman climbing on the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border died after she fell Friday afternoon, according to the San Diego Police Department.

According to officers, SDPD received a call from Border Patrol agents at 2:36 p.m. about the woman's fall from the wall. Police say it happened in the vicinity of Drucker Lane and Siempre Viva Road, which is near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to first responders. The San Diego Fire Department also responded, and firefighters told ABC 10News the woman was in her 40s.

SDPD says the medical examiner is heading to the area.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the following statement Friday night:

"On September 15, 2023, San Diego Sector Agents responded to an incident at the Border Barrier west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, in San Diego, CA. Border Patrol Agents located an individual who was in distress and summoned the assistance of Emergency Medical Services. The San Diego Fire Department arrived and subsequently pronounced the individual deceased. Personnel from the Coroner’s Office and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are reviewing the incident; more information will be shared as it becomes available."

This is a developing story. ABC 10News has sent a reporter and photojournalist to the scene to gather the latest information.