Three people died Monday after being lost in the mountains of eastern San Diego County.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol, the three were in a group of five that had crossed the U.S. - Mexico border near the Cuyapaipe Indian Reservation. Border Patrol agents received the call at about 2:15 p.m. Monday that the group of five were in need of immediate medical attention. Agents , including the Border Search Trauma and Rescue team ( BORSTAR ) responded immediately to the very rugged and remote area of the Laguna Mountains. Two men from the group were located and they told agents that three women in the group were in desperate need of help. At about 5:06 p.m. , with the aid of a Air and Marine Operations helicopter , agents were able to locate the women. Two of those women were unresponsive with no signs of life. The third woman was lapsing in and out of consciousness when agents arrived but succumbed to her injuries. Due to extreme weather conditions that included rain , fog , high winds and extreme cold rescue efforts were hampered and attempts to hoist the victims to a helicopter were not possible. The two men , ages 22 and 37-years old , were taken into custody. San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said, " I am proud of the heroic efforts that these agents and our partners made to locate and provide aid to those in need. Our agents also put their own lives at risk traversing the dangerous routed that these criminal organizations smuggle people through in an attempt to avoid apprehension."