Washington, Sep 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sep 3, 2022): At least nine migrants drowned and dozens more were rescued after trying to cross the Rio Grande River from Mexico to the United States, a officials announced on Saturday.
US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said in a statement that the drownings occurred on Thursday, when a large group attempted to cross the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas.
Thirty-seven people were rescued but the bodies of nine migrants were recovered, three by Mexican authorities and six by US agents.
A total of 53 migrants were detained on the U.S. side and Mexican officials on their side of the river arrested 39, CBP said in a statement.
No information was provided on the age or nationality of the migrants.
“The search continues for other possible victims,” added CBP.
A CBP official told the Washington Post that the mass drowning appeared to be the worst in years along the Rio Grande.
Eagle Pass is in CBP’s Del Rio region, where nearly 50,000 migrants were arrested last month, according to government data.
City fire chief Manuel Mello told The New York Times that the migrants were swept away by strong currents about a mile south of the international bridge that connects Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Mello noted that drownings had become frequent in the area, with up to one a day.
Recent mass migrant deaths have highlighted the dangerous journey that hundreds of thousands of people undertake each year in an attempt to reach the United States from Mexico.
In June, more than 50 people died after being abandoned in a burning trailer in San Antonio, Texas.