Sunday, May 16, 2021

Four migrants found dead on boat off Spain’s Canary Islands

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The Spanish Red Cross says at least four people were found dead on a migrant boat off the Canary Island of El Hierro in Spain.

The vessel was spotted by a fishing boat around 193km to the south of El Hierro, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands.

A rescue operation got underway on sunday afternoon, with three helicopters deployed to airlift the injured to safety.

The Red Cross said that out of the 23 people on board the boat, 16 were in a severe condition and three people who were in a better state had been airlifted to Tenerife.