Border Patrol agents rescue mother, infant after raft deflated

U.S. Border Patrol agents working near Rio Grande City resuscitated a 6-month-old boy from El Salvador on Wednesday after the raft he was on with his mother deflated as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.


Agents heard screams as the raft rapidly deflated, the news release states. The infant went underwater before being rescued by the agents, who then noticed the child was not breathing and began performing first aid until the baby was able to breath on his own.

The infant and his mother were then transported to Mission Regional Hospital in Mission for treatment and evaluation.

Once medically cleared, the mother and child will be processed accordingly.