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One migrant dead and 26 missing after dinghy capsizes off Canary Islands

After their dinghy sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Spain’s Canary Islands, one migrant died and 26 others are still missing,

After the vessel capsized at 135 miles from the southern tip Gran Canaria, the Spanish Coast Guard saved 34 people.

Two other vessels, carrying around 63 persons, including two children and were discovered floating in the ocean around 40 miles south.

Image After the vessel was sunk, 34 people were rescued by the Spanish Coast Guard.

All aboard were rescued.


Authorities were alerted Sunday to a dinghy leaving Cabo Bojador, Western Sahara. This is a disputed territory claimed and claimed by Morocco. It had 60 migrants.

The Coast Guard said that only 34 were found.

Spanish Coast Guard aircraft spotted the boat in distress and assisted it with two merchant vessels, a helicopter and until a Spanish rescue ship arrived.

Sky News has more:

16 people missing and one dead after a dinghy capsizes off Fuerteventura

This year, more than 5,000 small boats made the journey across Channel by boat.

Around 10:10 am, the migrants were rescued and arrived at Gran Canaria’s Arguineguin Port. The Coast Guard said that all of them were Sub-Saharan.

The Canary Islands, located 60 miles west of Morocco, have been a popular destination for migrants seeking to reach Europe in recent decades.

According to a monitoring group, around 4,400 migrants lost their way trying to reach Spain last year.

In 2021, 22,316 migrants arrived on boats to the Canary Islands. This compares to 23,271 migrants arriving in 2020.


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