From file: 129 migrants are rescued by a Spanish coast guard vessel in the port of Arguineguin, after dozens of them arrived to the south part of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, November 2, 2020 | Photo: REUTERS/Borja Suarez
From file: 129 migrants are rescued by a Spanish coast guard vessel in the port of Arguineguin, after dozens of them arrived to the south part of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, November 2, 2020 | Photo: REUTERS/Borja Suarez

Spanish authorities have rescued 71 migrants, including several children, who were trying to reach the Canary Islands. One of the migrants was dead when the boat was intercepted off Tenerife.

Doctors from the Canary Islands emergency services confirmed Wednesday that one person had died and at least three others were in a serious condition on a boat carrying around 70 people that was intercepted off Tenerife.

Five migrants were taken to hospital after the boat docked at the Los Cristianos port early Wednesday morning, the news agency AP reported. They were treated for hypothermia and other conditions. All 72 migrants were said to be from sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Spanish news agency Efe there were about 10 minors onboard the boat. The migrants told rescue workers they had been at sea for more than a week.

Deadly Atlantic route

The Spanish government says more than 8,000 migrants have arrived this year at the archipelago more than 100 kilometers off the northwest African coast, according to AP.

Meanwhile the European border agency Frontex has begun an operation in support of Spain to identify and register irregular migrants. 

At least 140 people died at the end of October when a migrant ship headed for the Canary Islands caught fire and sank off Senegal. The incident was the deadliest so far this year, the UN migration agency IOM said last week.

About 200 people set off in the boat from the Senegalese town of Mbour on October 24. 59 passengers were saved, the IOM said.

With AP, Efe

 

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