SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says agents have rescued seven illegal immigrants who were lost in the snowy mountains of eastern San Diego County but an eighth person died.
A rescue team was stationed in the Pine Valley area last Saturday night because of forecasts that a winter storm would dump freezing rain and several feet of snow in the area, a popular smuggling route for illegal immigrants.
Agents got a 911 call from a group of Mexican citizens who were lost in the storm. About 10:30 p.m., agents using GPS coordinates from the caller's cell phone found seven people suffering from hypothermia. They were taken to hospitals.
The body of an eighth crosser, a man, was found at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
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