Baby Found Dead In Migrant Boat Off Spain's Canaries
Umer Jamshaid Published December 02, 2021 | 05:10 PM
Madrid, Dec 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Dec, 2021 ) :A baby was found dead in one of five migrant boats intercepted off Spain's Canary Islands in the Atlantic with nearly 300 people on board, officials said Thursday.
In the latest incident, the Spanish coastguard rescued 282 sub-Saharan African migrants from five inflatable dinghies off the coast of Fuerteventura, one of the seven islands that make up the Canary islands, local emergency services said in a tweet.
The group includes 68 women, six children and the body of a baby who did not survive the voyage, an emergency services spokeswoman said.
More than half, 54 percent, arrived on Spain's Canary Islands off the North African coast.
The shortest route to the archipelago is more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Moroccan coast, but it is notoriously dangerous due to strong currents.
Over 900 migrants have died trying to reach the Canaries so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.