ROMA, Texas — A 6-month-old baby and his mother migrating from El Salvador were submerged in the Rio Grande. Both were extracted from the river by Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents at about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Agents say their raft deflated in the middle of the river.
Agent Dustin Araujo, Special Operations Supervisor, “Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande heard people screaming from a raft quickly deflating. When evaluating the infant they realized he was not breathing. The Border Patrol agents immediately rendered first aid to include CPR until an additional riverine agent came who is a certified EMT, resuscitated the child.“
Agents say the Rio Grande Valley sector is seeing an increase in river rescues as smugglers continue putting migrants lives in danger by overloading under inflated rafts.
Agent Dustin Araujo, “We have trained Border Patrol EMT’s paramedics who are attached to our Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team that are in the field in every shift to assist when needed.“
Border Patrol says the infant and the mother were transported to Mission Regional Hospital where they’re receiving treatment and evaluation.
Border Patrol says they’ve already rescued 90 migrants for Fiscal Year 2019.