Three people who crossed into the United States illegally died Monday on a mountain near the La Posta Indian Reservation and two others were taken into custody.
U.S. Border and Customs Protection agents responded to a rural area near the reservation, located along Interstate 8, about 60 miles east of San Diego, about 2:15 p.m.
A group of five people were walking in the area when three of them became sick and a 9-1-1 call was made to come rescue them, Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said. It was not immediately clear what type of injuries the victims sustained.
Agents and a Border Patrol helicopter was sent to the scene. Medical personnel gave the three victims medical attention, but were unable to save them and all three died by 7:30 p.m., Francisco said.
The bodies of the victims could not be removed from the mountain due to severe weather. A recovery effort will take place Tuesday, depending on the weather, Francisco said.
The ages, genders and names of the victims were not disclosed.
— City New Service
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