Approximately 40 migrants were feared dead after a boat carrying about 50 people from Western Sahara to Spain’s Canary Islands capsized, a Spanish nongovernmental organization said on Friday.
Helena Maleno of Caminando Fronteras, which monitors migration, tweeted that 42 people, including thirty women, eight children, and four men, died when a boat capsized off the coast of Dakhla.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, 30 people are thought to have died.
Fishing boats picked up 10 survivors, according to Maleno.
The migrant boat set out in bad weather on Tuesday, but details of the accident only emerged on Friday.
According to Spanish government figures, at least 7,531 people arrived in Spain’s Canary Islands from Western Africa between Jan. 1 and July 31, an increase of 136% compared to the same period in 2020.
During the first six months of 2021, the organization calculated that 2,087 migrants died or disappeared while trying to make the perilous ocean trip to Spain from Western Africa.