The woman, who is believed to be part of this group, was found unresponsive and could not be resuscitated, the agency said. The San Diego Medical Examiner took custody of her body after responding to the area.
“This is yet another example of the ruthless tactics used by smugglers’ organizations to strengthen their power and profits.” San Diego Sectors Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in the written statement. “We will work tirelessly to prosecute and bring those responsible for this tragedy to justice.”
The agency said it apprehended 36 Mexican citizens swimming across the border, including 13 rescued from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard. All 36 were taken to a border patrol station for treatment.
But the numbers do not represent all migrant deaths at the border, because state and local agencies can recover corpses without involving border patrols – meaning the number of deaths is likely to be higher.
A majority of migrant deaths at the border have been related to heat exposure, according to the agency. Migrants are often faced with dangerous terrain and can get lost when trying to get to the United States.