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Three women die after group becomes lost in Laguna Mountains amid harsh weather

Border Patrol chase leads to Lake Morena crash
Posted at 8:57 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 19:46:47-05

MOUNT LAGUNA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Three people died after Border Patrol agents say they became lost during harsh weather in San Diego's East County.

Border Patrol was called to the area around 2:15 p.m. regarding a group of five people in need of medical attention. When they arrived, agents were met by two of the group members who were able to walk out of the rural, rugged area on their own.

The individuals told agents that three women were in need of rescue.

At about 5 p.m., agents located the women. Two of them were unresponsive and were not able to be resuscitated, according to officials. The third women was found as she was going in and out of consciousness. First responders provided life-saving measures to all three, but the women died of their injuries sustained in the harsh elements.

Because of the weather at the time, officials say agents were not able to perform any aerial extractions. If the weather remained clear Tuesday, border officials said agents would attempt to retrieve the bodies of the three women.

The two men who agents initially encountered later admitted to being Mexican citizens in the U.S. illegally. They were arrested and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.