Officials are investigating the death of a woman who became trapped upside down when she tried to cross the United States from Mexico on Monday over a 100-foot-high steel border fence in southeastern Arizona.
The 32-year-old woman was “entangled” on the fence just west of Douglas, Arizona, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, which is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate the death.
Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the woman was from Hermosillo, a town in the state of Sonora, about 180 miles south of the U.S. border. Authorities have not released any other details about the woman, but plan to do so after contacting the woman’s family.
The woman had climbed to the top of the border fence, but when she tried to descend on the U.S. side, she appeared to be trapped, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
She used a climbing harness and either her foot or leg got caught in the wall. “She was trapped upside down for a considerable time,” the sheriff’s office said.
Ms Capas said the woman appeared to have used a ladder on the Mexican side of the wall to help her reach the top. Officers also found a backpack at the scene.
Authorities first received a call from emergency centers on the Mexican side of the border about 10 p.m. informing them of the woman, and they dispatched U.S. border agents and local emergency services to respond.
Rescuers were able to get the woman down and they tried to resuscitate her, but she did not respond, Ms Capas said. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
The woman’s death is another in a recent series of cases of migrants who have died trying to make the crossing from Mexico to the United States.
In March, a woman from Honduras died after trying to climb over the fence in El Paso, Texas. A man died this month after falling while attempting to climb a border wall near Clint, Texas. And on Sunday, two men were found dead at Ocean Beach in San Diego after what authorities said they believed was an attempt to enter the United States by boat.
According to the International Organization for Migration, which documents such deaths, at least 650 people died trying to cross the border last year.
“These types of incidents are not political, they are humanitarian realities that someone has lost a loved one in a senseless tragedy,” Cochise County Sheriff’s Mark J. Dannels said in a statement.
“We need to do better to find solutions to the challenges facing our frontier, and we need to do it for the right reasons,” he said, adding that it was “facts” and not “opinions” that made such progress. should send.