Authorities said that nine men who illegally entered the United States from Canada were rescued and treated for exposure to cold.
Nine men, aged between 19 and 46, were discovered Tuesday in Warroad, a small Minnesota lakeside community located about 7.5 miles from the Canadian border. The area is southwest from an official port entry.
A Border Patrol statement stated that agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and other rescuers were dispatched to the area around 5 am after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported someone had called an emergency number in the group.
The men were discovered in a swamp.
The statement stated that “when agents arrived at the scene, they found the temperature in the bog was below freezing. They would need special equipment to get the group.” The agents were able rescue the men by wearing protective suits.
Seven of the men were then taken into custody by immigration. The condition of the two remaining men is not known.
The Border Patrol reported that seven of the men were Mexican nationals, but it was not immediately known what the nationality was of the remaining men due to their condition.
In January 2022 four members of an Indian family, including two children aged three and eleven, died as they attempted to cross the border from Canada into the U.S. during a blizzard. The 11 people were part of a group that was trying to cross the border between Minnesota and North Dakota.
Their frozen bodies were discovered near Emerson in Manitoba, just a few feet from the U.S. Authorities said that they were separated from their group after becoming separated.
In that case, a Florida man was not charged with the death but with transporting an undocumented alien.