A 27-year-old Mexican citizen tried to hang himself from a U.S.-Mexico border fence near Calexico today, authorities report. A U.S. Border Patrol agent managed to free the man from his noose and revive him after he had fallen unconscious.

From the Press-Enterprise:

A U.S. Border Patrol agent near 1st Street saw the man scaling the fence with a rope on the Mexico side about 7 p.m. As the agent approached, the man wrapped the rope around his neck, hanging himself on the U.S. side of the fence, Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Jacobo said.

The agent grabbed the man by his legs, elevating him to release the pressure around his neck, until another agent arrived to help, a Border Patrol news release said. At some point, the rope came loose and the agents lowered the man to the ground.

According to the Desert Sun, the man, who has yet to be identified, was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center by paramedics.

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