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Seven suspected illegal immigrants rescued in mountains but an eighth dies in cold

March 3, 2011 |  5:36 pm

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued seven suspected illegal immigrants found shivering in the mountains east of San Diego but an eighth died of hypothermia, officials said Thursday.

The seven were taken to hospitals.

The rescue effort began when agents got a 911 call from immigrants lost in the cold. Using GPS equipment, agents from the Pine Valley station found the seven immigrants late Saturday. The body of the eighth was found after midnight Sunday.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego