Several migrants missing off coast of Spain’s Canary Islands | Migration News

The Spanish coastguard has rescued 13 migrants off Gran Canaria whereas twice as many are feared drowned.

Two Spanish coastguard helicopters have rescued 13 migrants and refugees within the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands, authorities stated on Monday.

These rescued advised Pink Cross employees that round 40 folks had been on board. The remaining passengers had been lacking and feared drowned.

The Spanish coastguard stated the helicopters, a rescue boat and two different ships headed 104km (65 miles) south of Gran Canaria after a rescue aircraft had noticed a dinghy barely afloat at sea.

One of many helicopters rescued 11 folks and took them to Gran Canaria, the place two of them had been being handled for hypothermia in well being centres, whereas one other two had been taken to Tenerife.

Spain’s Canary Islands, situated round 97km (60 miles) off the coast of Morocco, have grow to be a sizzling spot for migrants making an attempt to achieve Europe in recent times.

Final yr some 4,400 folks had been misplaced at sea trying to achieve Spain, in response to a monitoring group. A complete of twenty-two,316 migrants and refugees crossed by boat to the Canary Islands in 2021, after 23,271 made the crossing in 2020.

The United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated 3,077 migrants and refugees died or went lacking whereas making an attempt to achieve Europe by sea in 2021. This contains 1,153 individuals who died on the ocean route from northwest Africa to the Canary Islands.

operated by the humanitarian organisation Medical doctors With out Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) rescued roughly 200 folks on Monday from two boats in misery within the Mediterranean.

The organisation tweeted that each one had been secure on board, and that the Geo Barents will proceed to seek for boats in misery.

Over 300 migrants and refugees have been rescued within the Mediterranean following operations by support organisations and freighter vessels within the final 4 days.

In a difficult two-day rescue mission beginning Friday night, two container ships crusing beneath the German flag in addition to the Sea-Eye 4 rescue vessel had been capable of take 34 folks travelling in a small picket boat on board.

In keeping with Sea-Eye, the Hamburg container ship Berlin Categorical had found the picket boat and issued a misery name. Because of dangerous climate situations and the character of the ship, the freighter was unable to take the migrants on board.

“With out the crews of the Berlin Categorical and the BSG Bahamas the folks would have had no probability to outlive. They’d have died of thirst or drowned,” stated Gorden Isler from Sea-Eye.

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