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Border agent in TX rescues immigrant mother and her child from swarm of bees

Border Patrol Agent patrol on Safe-Boat in South Texas McAllen, Rio Grande Valley river on September 24, 2013. (Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A border agent in Texas rescued a Guatemalan woman and her 8-year-old son from a swarm of bees that attacked them along the Rio Grande.

The agent was patrolling the river outside Brownsville on Tuesday afternoon when he drove through a swarm of bees and had to stop to clear them from his vehicle, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

He drove back to investigate where the swarm originated and saw thousands of bees covering a jacket and bundle on the ground.

He soon realized the bundle was actually a woman curled up around her child, protecting him from the stinging swarm. The border agent yelled for the woman and child to take cover in his vehicle.

Once they were safe, he requested an ambulance, but when the child began vomiting, he drove them to the hospital himself.

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The mother and son, both immigrants from Guatemala, were admitted to the intensive care unit, authorities said.

“Once medically cleared both subjects will be processed accordingly,” the CBP said in a news release.

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