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Evacuated by fishing boat while in labor, Kancab woman gives birth in hospital

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A woman evacuated from floodwaters in Tekax gave birth to a baby boy. Both are in good health. Photo: Reporteros Hoy

A healthy baby boy was born to a 22-year-old Kancab woman who was evacuated from floodwaters while in labor.

The patient was rescued taken by a fishing boat at the height of Tropical Storm Cristobal’s flooding last week.

The baby was born 12:52 p.m. Sunday weighing 2.95 kilograms / 6.5 pounds, said Tekax General Hospital’s director, Raúl Nehemías Uc Contreras.

A rescuer from the 20th Motorized Cavalry Regiment is waist-deep in flood water in Yaxcabá. Photo: Internet

The young woman was one of the first evacuees from the Kancab police station by personnel from the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Secretariats and state police.

She was transferred in a fishing boat that had arrived with food and supplies.

The boats were borrowed from the Sisal Fisheries Production Cooperative Society.

Both mother and child are in good health.

The storm’s path

Cristobal weakened into a depression early Monday after inundating coastal Louisiana and bringing dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Waves crashed over Mississippi beaches, and parts of an Alabama island town were swamped. A second tornado in Florida formed in connection with the storm.

Heavy rainfall and a storm surge continued posing a threat across a wide area of the coast after Cristobal made landfall Sunday afternoon packing 50-mph / 85-kph winds between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the since-evacuated barrier island resort community of Grand Isle.

At 5 a.m. Monday, the storm was centered about 40 miles / 65 kilometers north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with top winds of 35 mph / 55 kmh, and moving north-northwest at 10 mph / 17 kmh. It is forecast to head into Arkansas and Missouri by Tuesday, then through Illinois and Wisconsin to the Great Lakes.

President Donald Trump agreed to issue an emergency declaration for Louisiana.

Sources: Reporteros Hoy, Associated Press

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