Shipwreck off the Canary Islands results in 25 dead migrants | News


At least 25 migrants, including 12 women and seven babies, died after the shipwreck of a fragile boat 245 kilometers south of Gran Canaria, Spain, the NGO Walking Borders confirmed on Tuesday.


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There were 61 occupants in the boat and 36 of them have managed to get to safety: in total, 24 men, eleven women and one child.

According to the organization’s spokesperson, Helena Maleno, six more deaths have been added on the Canarian route on Tuesday night. “The companions of the deceased are still at sea and have been asking for help since yesterday. It is terrible that no means of rescue has yet arrived,” she lamented.

The Salvation Center of Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, mobilized the Salvamar Mízar speedboat from the port of Gran Tarajal to stay next to the speedboat and make sure it did not capsize.

Prior to this rescue, in another rescue it was possible to save 33 people, 29 men, two women and two minors, who were located in a boat about 68.5 kilometers south of Maspalomas, in Gran Canaria.

The Canarian route is not the only one that endangers the lives of migrants trying to reach Spain. In recent years, migrants have tried to cross the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Canary Islands, risking one of the most dangerous routes to reach European territory.

In 2021, 22,316 migrants arrived through the Canary Islands. From January to mid-April this year, 6,359 migrants have arrived in the Canary Islands, according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, an increase of 60 percent compared to the same period last year.

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