A woman and a baby drowned near the Canary Island of Gran Canaria last week. A second woman is still missing from the boat the migrants were traveling on.
A woman and her one-year-old baby were found in the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands. The two were near the Spanish-controlled islands when they fell into the waters and drowned on May 15.
"An individual on a jet ski discovered the body of a baby floating in the water," a spokesman for the local sea rescue told AFP on Friday. The baby was found near Taurito Beach on the southern part of Gran Canaria. The rescue team recovered the baby's mother the day before. However, there was still another woman who was missing.
There were 25 other people in the boat who safely arrived at the Canary Islands late Wednesday night, the sea rescue agency Salvamento Marítimo reported.
The migration route from Senegal and Mauritania to the Canary Islands was a popular way for migrants to go from Africa to Europe in the early 2000s, but became less popular due to increased patrolling at sea. However, due to the violence in Libya, as well as the difficulties in Morocco, migrants are using this route once more.