The bodies of four migrants were retrieved on Saturday, raising to at least eight dead and 17 missing the wreckage off Cadiz in southern Spain, not far from Morocco, announced the Spanish search and rescue services at sea.
“During the day (…) four bodies were found”, said a spokesman for the services, as investigations will continue today in the area off Cape Trafalgar.
The boat was about 60 kilometers west of Cape Trafalgar when Spanish rescue services began intervening. They were notified on Thursday night.
Three survivors were rescued shortly before 21:00 (local time; 22:00 Greek time) as the -everything other than a navigable- boat in which they were aboard was sinking.
Two men were still inside, along with the body of a third man, while a woman was rescued in the water and three more bodies were pulled from the sea.
According to the survivors, on the boat initially 28 migrants were on board. It is not yet known what their nationalities were or where they left from.
Tragedies of this kind are perpetually repeated off the coast of Spain, where they try to reach Immigrants, despite the danger, sailing mainly from the Moroccan and Algerian coasts. Spain is generally a stopover for these migrants, who often want to go to other European countries, such as France or Germany.
From January to the end of September, 27,136 migrants arrived by sea in Spain or in the Balearic and Canary Islands, according to the latest figures from the Interior Ministry in Madrid. This is a jump (+ 53.8%) compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
According to figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in late September, 2021 is “the deadliest year on the migration route to Spain” in the chronicles, with at least 1,025 people dying in their attempt to reach Spanish territory, either on the mainland or in the archipelago.
The sea route to the Canaries, in the Atlantic Ocean, is particularly deadly: at least 785 people lost their lives trying to reach these islands from Africa between January and August 2021, according to IOM figures. part of the UN system.
The NGO Caminando Fronteras, which cites testimonies from migrants and their families, estimates that more than 2,000 people have died or are missing trying to reach the Canary Islands in 2021.