Four die in new immigrant tragedy off Spain
14 July 2008
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE – A boat carrying 55 Africans and four bodies Friday arrived on the Canary Island of La Gomera in the second tragedy involving would-be immigrants in two days, Spanish officials said. Eleven of the passengers were in poor health.
The migrants from Guinea-Bissau said their boat had lost its way, and that they had run out of drinking water several days ago. Four men subsequently died.
The 1l who were in poor health were taken to hospitals by ambulance or helicopter.
The arrival of the boat followed the deaths of 15 Africans from thirst, hunger and sunburn during another crossing to the Spanish mainland.
Thirty-three survivors were rescued from that boat late Wednesday. The survivors said they had thrown overboard the bodies of 14 people, including nine young children. A 15th victim died while being taken to hospital.
Fourteen Nigerians also drowned when their boat capsized on Monday. At least 74 migrants have died while trying to reach Spain by sea in 2008.
[dpa / Expatica]