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Canary Islands tragedy as 51 migrants die after 9 days at sea as boat capsizes

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts May21,2024

A total of 51 migrants have died after their boat capsized as it made its way to the Canary Islands earlier this week. The sinking vessel, measuring around 15 to 20 metres long, was spotted by a tanker on its way from Brazil and Cartagena on Monday.

Following a distress call, a maritime rescue helicopter based in Tenerife was dispatched along with two other vessels to help rescue people from the water.

Nine people were rescued by the helicopter which flew them to the El Hierro hospital for treatment following the ordeal.

According to the Canarian Weekly, the nine survivors from the sinking boat told medical personnel the boat had set off nine days before on its way to the Canary Islands.

They added that they had been the only ones able to turn the capsized boat back over before climbing back on board.  The nine survivors, reportedly from sub-Saharan Africa, are now being treated in El Hierro airport by members of the Red Cross.

Express.co.uk has sent the Interior Ministry a request for comment.

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2 thoughts on “Canary Islands tragedy as 51 migrants die after 9 days at sea as boat capsizes”
  1. A tragic incident indeed. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the loss of lives in such a harrowing journey. My thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. Let’s hope for better measures to prevent such tragedies in the future.

  2. It’s heartbreaking to hear about this tragic incident. The loss of 51 lives is devastating. The survivors’ bravery and resilience in such a dire situation is truly remarkable. My thoughts are with them and their families during this difficult time.

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