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Border Patrol: migrant woman died near San Luis Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday that a migrant woman from Peru died after she collapsed about two miles northwest of the San Luis Port of Entry.

CBP officials said a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Yuma Station was flagged down by a girl who told the agent her mother had collapsed and needed help on the afternoon of Dec. 11.

Officials said the agent located a group of migrants near County 23rd Street and the Salinity Canal, just west of the International Border Barrier. The agent reported the incident and requested emergency medical services for an adult female in the group who was on the ground and unresponsive. The migrant's name has not been released.

A second agent arrived soon after and the agents performed CPR. The unresponsive woman’s husband told agents she had suddenly become ill and fainted about five to 10 minutes before the agents arrived.

Within minutes, San Luis Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and assumed care of the woman. A San Luis Fire ambulance transported the woman to Yuma Regional Medical Center. In less than one hour, the Yuma County Medical Examiner declared the woman deceased.

On Dec. 13, officials said the county medical examiner advised the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility that they would not perform a formal autopsy but will release their findings report. The report details are pending and will be released at a later date.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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