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At least six immigrants drowned in the Rio Grande in a single day

At least six migrants drowned in the Rio Grande in a single day, according to a report by local Mexican media that follows the migration crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico.

This Wednesday the US Border Patrol recovered three bodies stranded between islets downstream, at the height of the Indian reservation, which correspond to two Guatemalans and a third still unidentified, according to a report by the Mexican digital portal Zócalo.

The deceased were part of a group of 10 migrants who were swept away by the current at dawn on Wednesday when they crossed from Piedras Negras, in the state of Coahuila, to Eagle Pass, in Texas, integrating a larger group of 150 people.
For their part, the Mexican authorities found on the Piedras Negras side the body of an 18-year-old Ecuadorian who drowned when he tried to cross the river with two other countrymen, but was swept away by the current.

His remains were recovered near the Morelos neighborhood and later taken to the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) by prosecutors from Coahuila.

Also this Wednesday, the body of a Nicaraguan woman was located, about 13 kilometers from Las Adjuntas, near the Kikapú indigenous reserve, which is located in the El Nacimiento ejido, in the municipality of Melchor Múzquiz, in Coahuila.

On Wednesday afternoon, a fisherman notified the authorities after finding the body of a drowned man in the river, in the Acuña municipality, near the Las Alamedas subdivision, whose identity and nationality are still unknown.

According to data from the National Migration Institute, a total of 19 migrant bodies were rescued from the Rio Grande until April by the INM Beta Group in Coahuila, whose mission is “to protect and defend the human rights of migrants through of support actions such as guidance, assistance and rescue”.

However, so far this year, at least 44 people have drowned in the river in their attempt to reach the United States irregularly: 13 at the Piedras Negras crossing, 15 at Eagle Pass, 10 at Acuña and the rest in the area known as Del Río.

Several Cubans have lost their lives trying to cross the dangerous river that divides Mexico from the United States.

Earlier this month, the body of young Juan Miguel Matamoros Cagides, 25, from Pinar del Río, was found in the river, where he drowned trying to cross it at night to reach United States territory. .

At the end of March, the sad news of the drowning of two Cubans, father and son, was known.

Luis Miguel González Sáez and his father José Luis, both from Placetas, Villa Clara, were swept away by the current while trying to reach US territory and died at the scene. Luis Miguel’s body was found a week later, after the deployment of an operation and the request for help among Cubans living near the border.

Also in March, Cuban immigrant Guillermo Alan Matos, 33, lost his Uruguayan wife, Alessa Nadines Patiño Rivero, 25, and their four-year-old son Ismael while trying to cross the river’s dangerous waters, leaving heartbroken to the young Cuban.

In late 2021, the death of 25-year-old Jill Leyva Toledano was reported, who also drowned trying to cross the river. In April of that year, another young Cuban who was trying to reach US soil died while trying to swim across, while in mid-2020, the lifeless body of the 23-year-old Cuban, Carlos Jorge Tomás Reyes, was found.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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