Spanish authorities rescued a migrant from the sea while he was swaying on an overturned boat. The woman was found by the Coast Guard 220 kilometers from the Canary Islands. Although the woman could be saved, two more bodies were found and the migrant told the authorities that the boat had more than 50 people on board.
It is not possible to locate the other migrants at this time, although authorities fear that they died during the dangerous journey. The rescued woman fell severely dehydrated and was immediately transported by helicopter to a hospital in Gran Canaria.
The most dangerous way for immigrants
In total, more than 8,000 migrants have attempted to reach the Canary Islands this year. Many of them leave from the coast between Tarfaya in Morocco and Laayoune in the Western Sahara. The sea route is popular, as it becomes increasingly difficult to walk across the Mediterranean to Europe. However, human rights organization Walking Borders warns that it is the most dangerous migration route in the world.
UN immigration officials estimate that around 350 people have already died trying to reach the Canary Islands this year, but according to Walking Borders, that number may have already risen to more than 2,000.
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