Spain: death of eight migrants in distress at sea in the south of the island of Gran Canaria

the essential Seven migrants were found dead on Saturday aboard a sinking boat off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, and an eighth died on land, announced on Sunday the Spanish rescue services.

The occupants of the boat, 62 in total, of North African origin, had been adrift for at least a week. Three were transported by helicopter to receive emergency care, while several others were taken to hospital after arriving overnight from Saturday to Sunday at the port of Arguineguin, in Gran Canaria, the services said. rescue of the Atlantic archipelago.

The boat had been adrift for a week

The boat was spotted by a French sailboat towards 18 h local time (00 h GMT) some 38 miles south of the island of Gran Canaria, said Maritime Rescue, which sent a boat in the area. On their arrival, the rescuers noticed that seven of the occupants of the skiff were dead.

That same night, another boat with 32 migrants, including a woman and a child, all in good physical condition, was located 8 miles south of Gran Canaria and brought back to Arguineguin, according to the archipelago’s emergency department.

This type of drama is recurrent on the Spanish coasts, which immigrants seek to join, despite the dangers, mainly from Morocco or Algeria.

In total, 32 713 immigrants arrived by sea in Spain between January and October. , or 24, 2% more than over the same period in 2020, according to the figures of Ministry of the Interior.

According to estimates at the end of September by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2021 was the deadliest year on the migratory route to Spain, with at least 1025 dead.

The road to the Canary Islands is particularly dangerous. According to IOM, at least 785 people died trying to reach its shores between January and August of this year.

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