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A three-month-old boy nearly drowned in the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, as he was carried by a previously deported Honduran claiming to be the child’s father. Border Patrol agents rescued the pair and later flew the infant to a San Antonio hospital for intensive care.
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents observed a man with an infant strapped to his chest, preparing to cross the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass. Agents warned the man of the dangerous currents and eventually persuaded him not to attempt the crossing, according to information provided by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials. The man left the scene but returned a short time later.
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When the migrant returned, he carried an inner tube to use as a flotation device. He still had the infant boy strapped to his chest, officials stated. This time, he waded into the water and was quickly swept away.
Marine-based Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station quickly moved their boat into a position to provide emergency assistance. Agents observed the infant submerged while still strapped to the man’s chest. The man struggled to keep afloat, the agents reported.
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After seeing the child go underwater several times, agents grabbed the man and hoisted him into their boat. They then transported the duo to the shore where ground-based agents took custody.
Concerned about possible water in the three-month-old’s lungs, rescue workers from the Eagle Pass Fire Department transported him to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Doctors later ordered the boy be flown to a children’s hospital in San Antonio for “more intensive care.”
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“Immigrants with children need to recognize the risk of drowning inherent to crossing the Rio Grande River and heed the warnings of our agents,” Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis said in a written statement. “I am concerned...
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