1 lifeless, 24 lacking in Spain’s Canary Islands


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MADRID: Not less than one particular person drowned and 24 are lacking after a ship carrying migrants capsized within the Atlantic Ocean off Spain’s Canary Islands, the Spanish coast guard stated on Tuesday.
A Coast Guard spokesman stated the boat had departed from Cape Boujdur in Western Sahara with 61 individuals on board, and rescuers discovered solely 36 individuals alive in a single day.
Among the many survivors rescued close to Gran Canaria and transported to security had been two minors and 10 ladies, she added.
A Coast Guard spokesman stated earlier Tuesday that 34 individuals had been rescued and 26 had been lacking.
Twenty-seven individuals, together with 13 ladies and 6 infants, had been killed within the accident, based on Caminando Fronteras, a Spanish NGO that helps migrant boats in misery.
The Spanish archipelago off the coast of West Africa has change into a serious vacation spot for migrants making an attempt to achieve Europe.
Spain stated a complete of 6,359 individuals illegally arrived within the Canary Islands by sea between January 1 and April 15, a 60 % improve from the identical interval in 2021.
All through final yr, greater than 40,000 migrants managed to achieve Spain by sea, nearly the identical variety of arrivals because the earlier yr, inside ministry figures present.
Greater than 4,400 migrants went lacking at sea in 2021 whereas making an attempt to achieve Spain, greater than double the quantity in 2020, Caminando Frontras stated.

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