In the middle of the night this Sunday, a young Nicaraguan pregnant woman, eight months pregnant, was trapped in the middle of the Rio Grande by the Piedras Negras border.
The foreigner by name Jorleni, 23 years old, challenged the freezing weather of “La Helada Negra” by the Cold Front No. 22 when the thermometer showed temperatures below zero and tried to cross the “Rio Grande” to enter the US illegally.
But nevertheless, The woman failed in the attempt because the force of the current prevented her from advancing and she climbed onto an island that is in the middle of the water.
José Francisco Contreras Obregón, director of Civil Protection and Municipal Firefighters, reported that the woman refused to return and it took them an hour or more to convince her.
“We found her climbed on an island where she managed to save herself, but she was already hypothermic, even so she didn’t want to go back and we struggled to convince her,” he said.
She told them that she was coming with a friend who did manage to cross the river, but it was difficult for her because of her pregnancy.
Motorists who saw her from afar at 4:45 a.m. this Sunday reported the incident and asked the authorities for help at the 911 emergency telephone number.
Municipal Civil Protection elements, firefighters and policemen, went to the indicated place and got into the water that was very cold until they reached where it was.
They fought because the woman refused to be taken out of the river, until she gave in and, shortly after, they took her to the shore and transferred her in an ambulance to the Fire and Civil Protection Center where they gave her first aid.
The young woman is not far from giving birth. She stayed for now in Piedras Negras.
Contreras Obregón commented that the flow of migrants does not stop at this border between Coahuila and Texas, where last year the rescue forces recovered 166 bodies of foreigners and Mexicans who drowned between Coahuila Texas, in their attempt to achieve the famous “American dream “.
In this month of January, two other deceased were reported in the Rio Grande.
The city of Acuña presents the greatest migration problem, he pointed out.