Five migrants, including children, have drowned in two accidents in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY – Three Honduran migrants have drowned off the coast of Mexico and four are still missing, the governor of the coastal state of Veracruz said Monday.

Rescuers pulled four Honduran survivors from the sea after the 25-foot open boat apparently sank off the coast. One of the rescued was a 12-year-old boy, Governor Quitlahua Garcia wrote.

Garcia said the search for missing migrants continues, including the efforts of the Mexican Navy.

In another incident, immigration officials said an immigrant father and his 7-year-old son were found dead in the Sochiat River, which borders Mexico and Guatemala.

The 36-year-old man and his son are residents of El Salvador, according to Mexico’s National Immigration Institute. Their bodies will be handed over to El Salvador on Tuesday.

Immigrants often take rafts, swimming or rafts and boats to cross the border river into Mexico while trying to reach the U.S. border.

Mexican authorities have tightened border patrols along the Guatemalan border, but thousands of Central Americans are still being trafficked, often with the help of smugglers.

Accidents were reported a day after four migrants were killed and at least 16 injured in a traffic accident in a town not far from the Guatemalan border. Immigrants were being carried behind a freight truck in the town of San Juan Chamula, just north of the tourist town of San Cristobal de las Casas.

The prosecutor’s office did not identify the dead, but said nine of the injured were from Honduras, four from Guatemala, one from Nicaraguan and one from Ecuador, as well as one whose identity was not clear.

In December, a large truck carrying migrants overturned on a highway near the town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, killing at least 56 people.

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