A fishing vessel with round 200 migrants on board which has been lacking for practically two weeks might have been positioned south of Gran Canaria, Spanish officers have mentioned.
The crew on a Spanish reconnaissance aircraft noticed the vessel throughout an ongoing seek for three lacking boats.
The Spanish maritime rescue service mentioned it was « attainable » one of many lacking vessels carrying the migrants had been discovered.
A rescue ship was on its approach to the placement, officers added.
« The aircraft has discovered a big boat with some 200 individuals on board, 71 miles to the south of Gran Canaria, » a spokesperson for the maritime service mentioned.
Migrant assist group, Strolling Borders, mentioned on Sunday the fishing vessel and one other two boats – one carrying about 65 individuals and the opposite with between 50 and 60 on board – had been lacking for about two weeks since they left Senegal to attempt to attain Spain.
Helena Maleno, of Strolling Borders, mentioned on Monday there had been no new details about the whereabouts of the three vessels.
The situation of the migrants was unknown.
The three boats left in late June from the village of Kafountine in southern Senegal to start a journey of greater than 1,000 miles to the Canary Islands.
The Atlantic migration route, sometimes utilized by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, is without doubt one of the world’s deadliest.
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In 2022, at the very least 559 individuals died throughout makes an attempt to achieve the Canary Islands, in response to the UN’s Worldwide Organisation for Migration.
Information from the European Border and Coast Guard Company, Frontex, reveals 1,135 migrants from Senegal have arrived within the Canaries up to now this 12 months.
The United Nations mentioned final month as much as 500 individuals had been lacking after an overcrowded fishing boat carrying migrants capsized within the Mediterranean Sea.
Officers mentioned 78 individuals had died after the vessel bought into problem and sank 45 miles off the coast of Greece.
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