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.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.
Debate is swirling over the role of paid signature gatherers in the effort to repeal San Diego’s tough new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals.
A Chula Vista police officer is under investigation after he was caught on video tackling a teenager to the ground. The altercation happened at a park on Wednesday.
A 21-year-old bitcoin dealer from Baja California was ordered held without bail Friday in connection with a 31-count indictment charging him with international money laundering and other financial crimes related to his digital-currency transactions.
As the heatwave continues to torment people, shockingly high electricity bills seem to be an added annoyance this summer.
San Diego County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in July, compared to 3.7 percent the previous month, according to figures released by the state's Employment Development Department.
It took firefighters about an hour Friday to subdue a small roadside brush fire that briefly threatened a few homes just west of Palomar College.
As firefighters make progress on the Holy Fire, which has devastated parts of Riverside and Orange counties, animal shelters in the impacted areas have had to make room for lost pets. To accommodate an influx of displaced dogs, some of the canines who were already in those shelters were moved to San Diego this week.
A man who used a stun gun to render his mother defenseless, then fatally stabbed her in the Clairemont home they shared, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States.