Spanish Pink Cross experiences that 16 of the 23 folks on the boat off El Hierro island had been additionally in a ‘severe situation’.
At the least 4 folks had been discovered lifeless on a migrant boat off the Canary Island of El Hierro on Sunday, the Spanish Pink Cross stated.
The vessel was noticed by a fishing boat round 193km (120 miles) to the south of El Hierro, one of many smallest of the Canary Islands, in keeping with native media.
A rescue operation was below method on Sunday afternoon, with three helicopters deployed to airlift the injured to security.
The Pink Cross stated that of the 23 folks on board the boat, 16 had been in a “severe situation” and three in a greater state had been airlifted to Tenerife. The 4 lifeless folks could be taken to El Hierro.
The variety of undocumented migrants and refugees arriving in Spain’s Canary Islands within the Atlantic Ocean was greater than eight occasions greater final yr than in 2019, with the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and different industries in north and sub-Saharan Africa pushing many extra to embark on the damaging journey.
In 2020, 23,000 folks arrived by boat to the archipelago whereas some 850 folks died or went lacking alongside the best way, in keeping with the United Nation’s migration company’s Lacking Migrants Venture.
Between January 1 and March 31 this yr 3,400 folks arrived within the Canaries, in contrast with lower than half that quantity over the identical interval in 2019.
Lots of died or went lacking final yr after making an attempt the crossing to the islands, usually in rickety, overcrowded boats with unreliable engines, the UN refugee company UNHCR has stated.
Since 2014, greater than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died at sea whereas attempting to achieve Europe from Africa. Greater than 17,000 of these have been within the central Mediterranean which is described by the UN as essentially the most harmful migration route on this planet.