They were embarked on a makeshift boat with a dozen other passengers.
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They did not survive the extreme travel conditions. At least four migrants were found dead on Sunday, April 11, off the Spanish Canary Islands, in a makeshift boat containing 23 people, local authorities said.
Among them, ten passengers had their vital prognosis engaged and six others were in serious condition, according to a provisional report from the prefecture of the archipelago located off northwestern Africa.
A helicopter rescue was still underway at 2 p.m. (4 p.m. in France) in the south of the island of Hierro from this makeshift boat spotted by a fishing boat, the Spanish coastguard told AFP.
Since the beginning of the year, at least twenty people have died on this very dangerous migratory route where the number of illegal immigrants from Africa has jumped in 2020.
This year, the flow of crossings continues to intensify with 3,436 migrants arriving in the Canaries between January 1 and March 31, against 1,582 over the same period of 2019, according to official figures.