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Migrant Attempting to Swim to U.S. From Tijuana Sets Off Major Cross-Border Response

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter in San Diego is seen in a file image. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter in San Diego is seen in a file image. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

Authorities in San Diego launched two helicopters and at least one rescue boat late Thursday night to investigate a report — which ultimately turned out to be unfounded — of about a dozen people struggling in the ocean near the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said.

The false alarm was sparked by a single man rescued by Tijuana lifeguards while apparently trying to swim to the U.S. around 9 p.m., according to Luis Hernandez, operations chief for Tijuana’s lifeguards.

A source with municipal authorities in Tijuana identified the would-be border crosser as a 30-year-old Honduran migrant.

He was apparently drunk and upon being rescued told lifeguards that at least 10 others had been with him in the water, Hernandez said. His statement led to the large binational emergency response.

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