SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – A former Border Patrol agent is on permanent disability after a training exercise took a dangerous turn.
The exercise took place at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado along the Silver Strand State Beach, after a rainstorm contaminated the water.
Willey, 40, said he is still dealing with the harmful effects of the flesh eating bacteria that he contracted in April 2010 at the base.
Willey recalled the frightful day when his arm ballooned to the size of a volleyball.
“It spread up into my neck,” said Willey. “The skin was stretched to the point where it was shiny and it seemed like it was going to pop burst.”
Willey had group A strep and necrotizing fasciitis (widely known as "flesh-eating bacteria"), which led to his permanent federal disability.
At the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center in Imperial Beach Friday, Willey joined with Citizens Against Sewage.
“Since January 1 of this year 1.8 billion gallons of effluent has flowed through this River Valley,” said Lance Rogers with Citizens Against Sewage.
With decades of sewage spill setbacks from Mexico into San Diego County beaches, leaders want change from California politicians.
“Enough is enough. The government needs to step up to the plate, the EPA and IBWC, because this, this is unacceptable,” said Border Patrol Union Representative, Christopher Harris.
The flesh eating bacteria caused Willey to have seizures, surgeries, PTSD and the possibility that he’d have his arm amputated. An avid surfer, he grew up in the South Bay but said he’ll never surf there again due to constant contamination.
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The San Diego Superior Court is seeking dedicated residents with sound judgment from throughout the county to serve on the 2019/2020 San Diego County grand jury.
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The prosecution is presenting its case on Tuesday against a man accused in the death of an elderly woman.
Six rural school districts as well as two schools in San Diego County's eastern region were closed Tuesday and around 30,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power because of powerful Santa Ana winds and elevated risk of wildfires.
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An event taking place the day before Thanksgiving will help feed between 300 to 500 homeless and low income San Diegans.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.