Mexico: 3 migrants found drowned in Rio Grande

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican immigration authorities said Sunday they found the bodies of three suspected migrants who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande, the border river with Texas also known as the Rio Bravo .

The National Institute of Immigration said no identification was found on two of the bodies, but a third had documents indicating he was from Nicaragua.

Officers from the institute’s Migrant Protection Team also found three migrants alive but unable to continue crossing the river due to cold water temperatures and strong currents.

The woman, a 2-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, all from Honduras, were rescued with an airboat and taken to a shelter in the border town of Piedras Negras.

It is the latest in a string of migrant deaths in Mexico that some activists attribute to heightened security that has led some migrants to take riskier routes to reach and cross the US border.

Earlier this week, a bus crash in northern Mexico killed seven migrants and injured 24. One of those killed was a pregnant woman and two of those injured were minors.

No nationality was immediately available for the seven dead, but of those who survived, 11 were from El Salvador, seven from Honduras and four from Cuba. A Panamanian citizen and a Mexican citizen were also injured.

The bus plunged through a guardrail and rolled down an embankment in the northern state of San Luis Potosi on Wednesday.

Immigrant smugglers frequently pile migrants onto cargo trucks and buses to cross Mexico en route to the United States.

On Tuesday, authorities in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz said six migrants drowned off Mexico’s Gulf Coast and one is missing. Apparently all were from Honduras. Smugglers sometimes take migrants in open boats across the Gulf to avoid immigration checkpoints on the highways.

Four migrants, also Hondurans, were pulled alive from the ocean by rescuers after their 25ft undecked boat apparently capsized offshore.

In a separate incident, immigration officials said last week that a migrant father and his 7-year-old son were found dead in the Suchiate River, which marks the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Officials said the 36-year-old and his son were from El Salvador.

Migrants frequently wade, swim, or take rafts and boats to cross border rivers to reach the United States.