From file: A body of a migrant is brought ashore by the Spanish coast guard, Canary Islands, on November 18, 2021 | Photo: Reuters
From file: A body of a migrant is brought ashore by the Spanish coast guard, Canary Islands, on November 18, 2021 | Photo: Reuters

A boat carrying migrants bound for the Spanish Canary Islands capsized 100 kilometers off the Moroccan coast. Forty-three migrants are feared dead while 10 were rescued.

More than 40 people, including three infants, lost their lives as their boat capsized on its way to the Canary Islands, the Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras told news agency AFP.

Helena Maleno, the group's spokesperson, said that the vessel carried 30 men, 20 women, and 3 babies. All three infants have drowned, along with 26 men, 14 women. Ten people were rescued from the wreckage near the Tarfaya coast in Morocco, she told AFP.



"It took hours for the (Moroccan) authorities to locate and save the boat," Caminando Fronteras said, which tracks data from boats in distress.

The survivors contacted the organization and reported the shipwreck early Sunday morning, according to AFP.

"It took hours for the (Moroccan) authorities to locate and save the boat," Maleno said.

The Moroccan coastguard vessel has so far managed to retrieve only two bodies, the organization told AFP.

Risky route remain migrants' only option

The accident is one among many that repeatedly occurs to migrant vessels on the so-called Atlantic route, where thousands of migrants embark on a risky journey, hoping to reach Europe by sea crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Caminando Frontera's data shows that 4,404 migrants died or disappeared last year trying to make their way to Spain, twice as many as in 2020. The vast majority of those who died had been en route from northern Africa to Spain's Canary Islands.

The group says that the tightened controls along Europe's southern coasts have led many people to attempt crossing the sea via risky routes.

With AFP

 

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