An inflatable rubber boat from Africa sank on its way to the Spanish archipelago. Only one woman survived.
After a ship capsized in the Atlantic Ocean about 220 kilometers (135 miles) from Spain’s Canary Islands, more than 50 people may have died.
The Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency said a 30-year-old woman was the only survivor who was rescued from the sunken boat on Thursday, which left Africa with 53 migrants and refugees a week ago.
A merchant ship earlier spotted the ship south of the Canary Islands and issued an alert to the Spanish emergency services.
A rescue service official who asked not to be named told the Associated Press that the woman held onto the sinking ship, with a deceased and a deceased next to it.
According to reports, the weather was not good at the time.
She told rescuers that the inflatable boat departed from the coast of Western Sahara and the passengers were from Ivory Coast.
Agence France-Presse reported that the woman had been airlifted to the hospital in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
Deaths of immigrants and refugees are common in the Atlantic region that separates the west coast of Africa from the Canary Islands of Spain, but it is difficult to verify shipwrecks on the way, and most of the victims’ bodies have never been found.
According to data from the United Nations Immigration Service, in the first six months of 2022, at least 250 people died on their way to the Spanish Islands.
The immigrant rights organization Walking Borders counted nearly 2,000 deaths in the same period.
So far this year, more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees have made dangerous crossings, which is at least twice that of the same period in 2020, and the same period in 2020 has increased eight times compared to 2019.
Since the arrival facility in the Canary Islands is full, the authorities have placed thousands of people in camps criticized by human rights groups for their conditions.