10-Month-Old Died and 3 Went Missing After Raft Overturned in Rio Grande River

Updated On 04 May, 2019 Published On

A 10-month-old died and at least three other people went missing after a raft carrying migrants overturned in the Rio Grande river while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, May 1.

A man approached U.S. Border Patrol agents near Del Rio in Texas at approx. 9:45 p.m. and reported that a rubber raft which was carrying nine migrants, including his family members overturned in the river.

He told the border agents that his wife, 10-month-old infant boy, 6-year-old son and nephew, 7, were swept away. The body of the infant boy was recovered several miles downriver.

Agents heard a woman and a boy (the man's wife and son) in the river, struggling to stay afloat, and rescued them. The boy was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unclear.

Another man and his child of age 13 were rescued nearby. They were not required to be hospitalized and authorities detained them.

The Border Patrol has been coordinating with the Mexican government and local officials to search for the remaining missing people.

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