After the ship carrying refugees ran aground, the whereabouts of two other people, including a 6-year-old girl, remained unknown.
Local authorities said a ship carrying migrants and refugees ran aground on the rocky coast of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, killing at least three people, and two others, including a six-year-old girl, were missing.
On Thursday night, when the ship was approaching the shore of the village of Órzola, it flipped a few meters from the land and threw passengers into the water.
Emergency rescuers found three bodies — two men and a woman — and rescued 41 people, including 19 women and 7 children from sub-Saharan ethnic groups.
On Friday morning, rescuers used helicopters to search for the missing two people on the coast near the Mulled Orzola area in northern Lanzarote.
Marcos Remus, the first resident to arrive at the scene and notify the emergency services department, told Reuters that after handing the phone to a boy to use as a flashlight, he began to pull people out of the water.
“I ran out of the house with two buoys I kept at home. When I got there, it was crazy… I saw a lot of people on the reef.”
The regional emergency services said that more than a dozen people rescued, including two babies and two young children, had been transferred to the hospital.
According to the regional emergency service, on Friday, two other ships carrying 110 people arrived in Fuerteventura and the other Canary Islands of El Hierro.
So far this year, more than 5,700 people have completed Dangerous ferry From Africa to the Spanish archipelago, it is at least twice the same period last year and eight times the same period last year.
Air travel restrictions and border closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to an increase in traffic to some extent, despite stricter control measures to prevent the Mediterranean from crossing into Europe.
According to data from the United Nations Immigration Agency, 850 people died while trying to sail in the Atlantic last year, which shows that COVID-19 has prompted many workers in troubled industries such as fishing or agriculture to take risks.
According to the Missing Migrants Project of the United Nations Immigration Agency, so far this year, at least 130 people who have tried to cross the border have died or are missing. Only 58 bodies were found.
It is generally believed that the actual death toll is higher because not all reports can be confirmed.
At the same time, as arrival facilities in the Canary Islands are full, the authorities have placed thousands of people in camps criticized by human rights organizations because of their conditions.