70 Migrants Attempt to Swim Around San Diego Border Fence

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One woman died and 36 people were detained after as many as 70 people tried to swim around a fence that juts into the Pacific Ocean at the border of the United States and Mexico, reports the New York Times. The section of border fence that extends about 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean is one of the most closely watched parts of the 1,900-mile border.

Agents and emergency medical responders provided aid, but the woman was declared dead around 12:30 a.m. The Coast Guard, which dispatched two cutters and a search helicopter, took 13 people from the water and handed them over to the Border Patrol. In the last 12 months, the United States has recorded the most illegal border crossings since record-keeping began in 1960. Crossings at sea, often on small fishing boats or pleasure craft, have also increased as sensors and barriers have become more prevalent on land, and as plummeting tourism has led some boat operators to turn to smuggling.

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