Sponsored by

Nogales Fire Dep't rescues Mexican woman dangling from border fence

Members of the Nogales Fire Department rescued a Mexican woman on Saturday night after smugglers left her "precariously dangling" from the border fence in Nogales, authorities said. 

Agents patrolling the border east of Nogales said they witnessed two men, described as smugglers, attempt to lower a woman, later identified only as a 37-year-old Mexican woman, into the United States using a harness and a hoist rope, said a Border Patrol spokesman. 

As the agents approached, she tried to climb back over the fence, but could not, and the men on the other side abandoned her, leaving her hanging approximately 15 feet above the ground, the spokesman said. 

The agents called the Nogales Fire Department to get her down, he said. 

The woman was not injured, the spokesman said, adding that she will be processed for immigration violations. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

- 30 -
have your say   

Comment on this story

There are no comments yet. Why don't you get the discussion going?

Join the conversation...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Click image to enlarge

CBP

Members of Nogales Fire Department work to rescue a Mexican woman left hanging in a harness on the border fence just east of the city on Saturday.