Two dead in migrant boat to Canary Islands
27 April 2007, LAS PALMAS - Two of the 68 undocumented immigrants who set out from the African coast in a rickety boat bound for Spain's Canary Islands did not survive the trip.
27 April 2007
LAS PALMAS - Two of the 68 undocumented immigrants who set out from the African coast in a rickety boat bound for Spain's Canary Islands did not survive the trip.
The Red Cross said one of the migrants was already dead when emergency services personnel came to the aid of the boat, while the second was declared dead on the beach after the paramedics spent an hour trying to revive him.
"The body that was inside the boat already had rigor mortis, (and) we tried to save the life of the other one with resuscitation measures, but he finally died," Red Cross spokesman Nicolas Castillo told Efe.
The boat arrived on Archile beach evidently without being previously detected.
When police and the Red Cross arrived at the site, they discovered the immigrants on the beach near the boat.
The other 66 immigrants who had been traveling on board the same boat were found to be in "generally good" health, but some of them had assorted non-life-threatening symptoms due to the 1,500-kilometer-plus (more than 930-mile) ocean journey from the West African coast.
Thousands of people invest their savings - paying more than USD 1,200 per trip - and risk their lives attempting to sail to the Canaries, the southernmost territory in the European Union.
Between January and October of last year, as many as 25,000 African migrants arrived in the Canaries, with most of them hoping to use the islands as a bridge to Europe, where they wanted to find jobs.
Another 1,167 undocumented migrants died trying to reach Spain in 2006, according to official figures, but activists say the real fatality figure could be as high as 7,000.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news