Woman Dies as Large Group of Migrants Try to Swim Across U.S.-Mexico Border in Pacific Ocean

A woman who appeared to be part of a large group of migrants that tried to swim across the U.S.-Mexico border in cold Pacific Ocean waters early Saturday has died, officials said.

The woman, who was not identified, was pronounced dead by paramedics, according to a statement Saturday night from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The migrants, including 25 men and 11 women from Mexico, were taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol for processing, the CBP said. Some made it to dry land in the United States and others were rescued at sea.

No injuries were reported among that group.

Border Patrol officials received a report that as many as 70 people were trying to swim from Tijuana to Border Field State Park in Imperial Beach, about 11:38 p.m. Friday, CBP said.

The Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, which includes lifeguards, and California State Parks officials, responded.

The Coast Guard brought two vessels and a Jayhawk helicopter and rescued 13 people in an operation that ran roughly from midnight to noon Saturday, said Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist 1st Class Adam Stanton.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Bill Feather and Dennis Romero