One migrant was killed and 26 others were missing Tuesday when their dinghy capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain’s Canary Islands, According to the Spanish Coast Guard
The coast guard rescued 34 passengers on Monday when the yacht capsized around 135 miles south of Gran Canaria. Two further vessels carrying around 63 people, including two children, were discovered drifting in the water approximately 40 miles south. The coast guard reported that everybody aboard were rescued.
On April 24, authorities received information about a dinghy leaving Cabo Bojador in Western Sahara, a disputed area claimed by Morocco, with 60 migrants aboard. The Coast Guard said that just 34 of them had been located.
A Spanish Coast Guard plane discovered the stranded boat and was supported by two merchant boats and a helicopter until the arrival of a Spanish rescue ship.
On Tuesday morning, the rescued migrants landed at Gran Canaria’s Arguineguin harbour about 10:00 a.m. The Coast Guard stated that they were all from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Spain’s Canary Islands, located around 60 miles west of Morocco, have become a hotspot for migrants attempting to enter Europe in recent years.
According to a monitoring group, over 4,400 people were drowned at sea last year while attempting to reach Spain. In 2021, a total of 22,316 migrants landed in the Canary Islands via sea, down from 23,271 in 2020.