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Officer Down: Border Patrol Agent Eric N. Cabral - [Jacumba, California]
Age: 31 Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion Additional Information: Agent Cabral had served with the Border Patrol for less than 2 years. He is survived by his parents and sisters.
Incident Details: Border Patrol Agent Eric Cabral suffered a fatal heart attack as the result of heat exposure when he and another agent were tracking a group of illegal aliens north of I-8 near Jacumba, California.
He had been separated from his partner when a third agent found him. Agents initiated CPR and emergency medical services were rendered. Agent Cabral was flown to a hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead.
End of Watch: Thursday July 26, 2007
SAN DIEGO -- Authorities say the death of a 31-year-old Border Patrol agent last week in a rugged, mountainous area near San Diego could mark the agency's first weather-related fatality
Eric Cabral died Thursday from an apparent heat-related illness. He had been pursuing a group of suspected illegal immigrants on foot near Jacumba on a day when temperatures topped 100 degrees.
An agency spokesman says Cabral "was exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke."
The agency says four agents have died from heart attacks while on duty, but Cabral appears to be the first to die as a result of the weather.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has not determined the cause of death.
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