A man attempting to enter the United States illegally was severely injured over the weekend when he fell from the top of a 30-foot border fence in California. The moment was caught on a nearby security camera.
According to KYMA-TV, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a severely injured man outside a Calexico, California, mall Sunday evening. Positioned just behind the mall is the U.S.-Mexico border, where a massive wall separates the U.S. from Mexicali, the Mexican city on the opposite side of the wall.
When the agents stumbled upon the man, they discovered he had bilateral femur fractures in both legs, in addition to a possible back injury.
The agents immediately began providing first aid and called paramedics. The injuries were so bad, according to KYMA, that he had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital in Palm Springs.
After reviewing security camera footage aimed at the border wall, it was clear what happened: The man attempted to enter the U.S. illegally by climbing over the wall, but didn't anticipate the wall being as high as it was. The footage shows him slip, then fall — his legs absorbing the brunt of the impact.
According to WNYW-TV, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using the incident as a teaching moment, dissuading future attempts to illegally cross the border — especially over a 30-foot high fence.
"The El Centro Sector Border Patrol reminds the public of the dangers involved in attempting to cross illegally into the United States. The newly established border wall system is 30 feet tall and attempting to climb up or down could result in potentially life-threatening injuries," CBP said.
Watch the security camera footage of the incident here, via KYMA.