When the ship was spotted on Monday, the three were rescued, about 500 kilometers from El Hiero Island.
According to official sources, a boat was drifting off the coast of one of the Canary Islands. The bodies of 24 migrants on board arrived in Tenerife on Wednesday, April 28.
A Spanish rescue ship towed the ship into the port of Los Cristianos. The maritime rescue department initially reported the death toll as 17 people. After calculation, once the ship arrived at the port, the death toll of this person was 24, including two minors. “The firefighter took out the corpse and transported it to the eral hall.”Said Domingo Martin of the Spanish Red Cross.
A Spanish Air Force plane initially spotted the ship about 500 kilometers southeast of El Hiero Island on Monday morning. Then, a military helicopter hoisted three people (two men and one woman) who were still alive to a hospital in Tenerife.
“They are so weak, we have to work together to help them stand up”“Helicopter crew member Juan Carlos Serrano (Juan Carlos Serrano) said.
These immigrants are candidates for exile from sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, the maritime rescue department has taken care of 41 migrants, including 9 women and 3 children, who were found on a boat about 300 kilometers from Gran Canaria.
Since the end of 2019, the number of migrant ships arriving in the Canary Islands has increased, and controls on the Mediterranean have been strengthened. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 23,023 immigrants arrived in the Spanish Islands last year, eight times the number of the previous year.
“The sea conditions at this time of the year and the distance to be covered (…) make this route particularly dangerous”, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a joint statement. “The boat can drift for several days without food and water”, They added.
The ferry is at least a hundred kilometers long, but it is particularly dangerous due to the large ocean currents. Most of these ships are overloaded and in poor condition. According to data from Caminando Fronteras, a non-governmental organization that monitors these migrants, at least 1,851 people were killed in an attempt to reach Canary last year.