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9-year-old Mexican girl drowns crossing Rio Grande into US

A nine-year-old Mexican girl drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas this week with her family, according to federal officials.

It was the third Mexican migrant drowning at the border in less than two weeks. Last week, two migrants perished near the Texas border town of Laredo.

The girl had been crossing into the country at Eagle Pass on Saturday with her mother and three-year-old brother, when all three began struggling in the water, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman told The Post Friday.

All three migrants were unconscious and had washed ashore onto an island in the river when bystanders flagged down nearby Border Patrol agents, said the spokesman, Dennis Smith.

The agents, who were patrolling the Rio Grande in the area, began administering first aid as they brought the migrants to shore.

Migrant families, mostly from Central American countries, wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on U.S. soil in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Migrant families, mostly from Central American countries, wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on U.S. soil in Roma, Texas on March 24, 2021.
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There, they were joined by Eagle Pass Emergency Medical Services personnel, and were able to revive the mother and the little boy.

But the girl could not be saved. She never regained consciousness and was later pronounced dead, Smith said.

Asylum seekers scramble up the bank of the Rio Grande wafter crossing from Mexico into the United States on March 16, 2021 from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Asylum seekers scramble up the bank of the Rio Grande wafter crossing from Mexico into the United States on March 16, 2021 from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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The children were Mexican nationals; the mother is from Guatemala, officials said.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this small child,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II, in a statement announcing the death.

“During these hard times our agents remain resilient, and I am extremely proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”

On March 16, two other migrants drowned in the Rio Grande.
On March 16, two other migrants drowned in the Rio Grande.
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