Emergency crews rescued five suspected unauthorized immigrants from the rising waters of a cross-border drainage tube Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The three men and two women, all believed to be Mexican citizens, were spotted entering the drainage culvert on the Mexican side of the border around 1 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Jarrett Decker told OnScene TV.

Around 1:30 p.m., all five people came out of the drainage system on the north side of the border, in an area known as Canyon Del Sol near Dairy Mart Road and Clearwater Way, with the help of emergency crews from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and a lifeguard river rescue team, according to the firefighting agency and the Border Patrol.

“The water level was so high that only the heads of the subjects were visible above the waterline,” Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon said in a statement.

Emergency crews provided medical aid and blankets to the people rescued at the scene before taking them to hospitals for further medical evaluation, authorities said.
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