In the last two days, more than 400 migrants and asylum seekers have been rescued from the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands. Spanish rescue workers say the migrants tried to reach the Canary Islands by crossing the sea from West Africa in a number of small and unsafe boats.
Spain's Maritime Rescue Service said on Tuesday that rescue workers had rescued more than 130 people from North and West Africa, including several women and young children. They have been relocated to the Spanish islands of Grand Canaria and Ventura in Fuerte.
Meanwhile, Alarm Phone, a humanitarian network for stranded migrants at sea, reported on Tuesday that a cargo ship had informed the Moroccan Royal Navy after seeing some migrants at sea on Monday. Rescuers then rescued 20 migrants. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service has confirmed the information.
Spanish rescue workers quoted Moroccan authorities as saying that at least one of the migrants had died and another had disappeared from the boat at sea in critical condition. In addition, 24 migrants were able to swim back to the Moroccan coast.
Human traffickers from Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia are the main ones using the Atlantic route from West Africa to the Canary Islands. So far this year, more than 16,000 people have arrived in the Canary Islands.
The Atlantic Route is considered the deadliest route to unsafe migration to Europe. The United Nations Office on Migration (IOM) has reported that about 900 migrants died and went missing in 2021. Although it is certain that the actual death toll is much higher.
Because it is very difficult to get complete information about the 400 Migrants Rescued from Atlantic who drowned in the sea. Source: Washington Post / InfoMigrants.