Mexican authorities reported that a 5-year-old girl died in a different attempt at crossing the border, while a 3-year-old boy died and a 2-month-old son was rushed to a hospital in severe condition in one instance.
After being retrieved from the Rio Grande during separate efforts to enter the United States from Mexico on Monday, officials said that two children were dead and a baby was in critical condition.
Following their removal from the river on Monday afternoon, a 3-year-old boy passed away and a 2-month-old infant was rushed to the hospital in severe condition, according to a statement from Eagle Pass Fire Department Chief Manuel Mello.
When the incident occurred, according to Mello, the kids were being "taken across" the river with a group of migrants. According to WOAI-TV, a San Antonio-based NBC affiliate, it happened on Monday around 1 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET).
Mello claimed that Border Patrol personnel helped with the rescue since they were nearby when the incident occurred. Agents were performing CPR when fire rescue got on the scene, according to Mello.
The infant boy was taken to a hospital in San Antonio, while the 3-year-old child was confirmed dead at the scene, according to Mello.
A 5-year-old girl also drowned on Monday while attempting to cross the Rio Grande into Texas, according to Mexico's National Immigration Institute.
The institution stated in a statement on Tuesday that the mother had been holding the infant in her arms when the power of the water took her away.
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