By Laura Kemp • 19 June 2021 • 14:27
Migrants at sea
Yesterday, June 18, it was reported that at least three migrants – two women and a man – had died in a shipwreck on Thursday as they were trying to reach the Canary Islands, Spain. A fourth body has sadly been found today, ANSA Med reports.
The incident occurred late on Thursday night near the coast of the island of Lanzarote.
Rescuers have been searching for more missing passengers, at least five, including a minor.
A total of 41 passengers were rescued, including women and minors, and 12 of them have been hospitalised for various medical conditions – four of which are children.
Some residents of Lanzarote were first on the scene to help rescue the migrants.
Two more boats were found during the night on Thursday, June 17, with migrants on board. The Canary Islands emergency services have estimated that the boats were carrying at least 110 people.
The news comes as an investigation has been launched after a Border Force vessel headed into French waters in order to bring migrants back to the UK.
A boat was spotted zigzagging between the UK and French waters. The boat was filled with migrants and the Border Force cutter Valiant headed over to intervene. The boat had been patrolling UK borders via sea when it headed out into French waters before launching a fast inflatable boat. The migrants were “rescued” before being brought back to Dover.
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Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features.
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