Boat refugees found dead in Canary Islands

Four dead refugees were found in a boat near the Canary Islands. The other nineteen sailors could be rescued, but most of them are in serious shape, according to the Spanish Red Cross.

The rescue followed after fishermen spotted the boat with migrants. During the operation, helicopters were deployed.

The number of undocumented migrants arriving in the Canary Islands is still rising. Last year it was more than eight times higher than in 2019, and the coronacrisis, with its consequences for tourism and the rest of the economy, drives many more people to flee Africa and take the dangerous crossing in rickety, crowded boats with unreliable engines. Hundreds of migrants died or went missing trying to reach the Spanish islands, according to the UN refugee organisation UNHCR by 2020, and at least 20 victims have already been killed this year.