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Medical Examiner IDs Body That Washed Ashore Near Imperial Beach

The Medical Examiner's office on Monday released the name of one of the two men whose bodies were found washed ashore near Imperial Beach on Saturday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents found Oscar Javier Andrade-Aguirre, 34, on the beach at Border Field State Park, about 300 yards north of the Mexican border, according to the medical examiner.

He was pulled from the surf and was pronounced dead. Foul play was not suspected.

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While on patrol Friday morning, agents found a 49-year-old Hispanic male in the surf near the border. His name has not been released.

The agents who made the discovery shortly after 7 a.m. called San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies to the beach, Sheriff's Lt. Jim Walker said.

"It looked like they floated up from Mexico," Walker said. "It appeared that they had been swimming in Mexico and became distressed."

The U.S.-Mexico boundary is just north of Playa de Tijuana, a popular swimming beach in Baja California.

The first body was found at 7:10 a.m. on the U.S. side of the line, about 5 yards north of the border. The second body, later identified as Andrade-Aguirre, was found about 10 minutes later, according to Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Olmos.

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"Agents immediately searched the area to see if any other individuals were in the water," Olmos said. "The Coast Guard was also contacted and a search of the waters offshore was requested."

Deputies called the Medical Examiner's Office to take over the investigation since there was no sign that a crime had been committed, Walker said.

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