A migrant died after apparently suffering a skull fracture when he fell from the more than nine-meter-high wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, reported the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The incident occurred on June 17 when, before dawn, the operator of a mobile surveillance system observed two people next to the barrier about 9.6 kilometers southeast of the Santa Teresa port of entry in the Sunland, New Mexico area.
EMS officers arrived in the area a few minutes later and found a man unconscious, with injuries apparently sustained in the fall from the barrier.
Medical personnel determined that the man needed further care and transported him to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he arrived in critical condition due to a cerebral hemorrhage, skull fracture, sternal fracture, and broken ribs.
The migrant succumbed to his injuries on the afternoon of June 18, the report added.
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Authorities did not provide identification details of the dead migrant, nor that of his companion.
Cases of migrants injured or killed in falls from the border fence or drowning in the parallel channels have increased in recent months.