AMIDST coronavirus pandemic across the globe, at least four people have died off Spain’s Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean when a boat carrying about 30 migrants sank, emergency services announced.
The migrants in defiance to fight against coronavirus spread took to sea travel across the Atlantic, daring all possible risks and eventually capsising in the section of Atlantic Ocean close to Spanish.
Rescuers have continued the search for more possible victims following the accident of the fishing village of Orzola in the north of Lanzarote Island, yesterday.
“A small boat overturned at around 7:30 pm as it was approaching the coast,” a spokeswoman for the emergency services said.
She said five of those onboard reached land while 15 others were rescued.
“The bodies of two people were found, a search is continuing for others who were on the boat,” she said.
The Head of Emergency and Security Services in Lanzarote, Enrique Espinosa, said two other bodies were recovered and there were currently 28 survivors. He said it was feared that three other people may have died.
Report says, more than 18,000 people have landed on the Spanish archipelago over the past year, some two-thirds of them in the past few months, after taking perilous boat trips from the African coast.
Spain’s socialist government announced last week it plans to set up camps for some 7,000 people and launch a diplomatic offensive in various African countries to try to curb the influx of migrants to the holiday Islands.
The current wave has echoes of the crisis of 2006 when 30,000 migrants reached the canaries, prompting Spain to step up patrols and ink repatriation agreements.