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Tragic moment pregnant migrant mother is pulled from the water and dies at hospital after paying trafficker $5,000 to ferry her to Puerto Rico on a makeshift raft along with 13 others María Yesenia Vásquez Betances died Sunday after she and 13 other people were pulled from the sea after a fishing boat flipped in the Dominican Republic  Authorities arrested Ariel Polanco on Tuesday and named him as the suspect behind the illegal migrant trip to Puerto Rico Investigators said Polanco was charging up to $5,000 per person to ferry them to the United States territory  The 43-year-old woman was pulled from the choppy Caribbean Sea off the coast of eastern province of La Altagracia  Vásquez Betances was pronounced dead at a local hospital where she was being treated for  bronchial pneumonia 

By Daily Mail

Published: 22:40 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 5 June 2019


A man was arrested and accused of being the mastermind behind illegal migration trips to Puerto Rico after a pregnant woman died this weekend when the raft she and 13 others were on capsized off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

Video obtained by DailyMail showed the frantic effort displayed by a rescue unit from the Dominican Republic Navy on Sunday afternoon about 12 miles off the waters of Punta Los Nidos, a town in the eastern province of La Altagracia.

Footage also showed military agents jumping into the choppy waters in the Caribbean Sea before they brought the 14 migrants - 11 men and three women - to safety aboard their vessel.

However, María Yesenia Vásquez Betances, 43, died Sunday night at Our Lady of Altagracia Hospital where she was

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