Saturday, March 2

Salvamento recovers the four corpses of the pneumatic located with a survivor

The Miguel de Cervantes Maritime Rescue ship has recovered this Sunday the four corpses that were found in a drifting inflatable about 278 kilometers south of Gran Canaria, whose only survivor, a 27-year-old from the Ivory Coast, assures that 34 Sub-Saharans were traveling in it.

The Miguel de Cervantes is heading back to its base, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where it hopes to arrive tomorrow, Monday at 06:00 (Canarian time), a spokesperson for Maritime Rescue has informed Efe, who has also indicated that another vessel, the Salvamar Alpherazt, goes to the rescue of a canoe located south of Tenerife.

The cayuco has been sighted by the Sasemar 103 plane about 79 kilometers south of Tenerife and it is estimated that the Salvamar will reach it after 1:00 p.m. (Canarian time).

The sources have indicated that the Miguel de Cervantes ship has also recovered the drifting pneumatics, whose survivor was rescued by a merchant ship yesterday, Saturday, and has reported to the emergency teams that 34 people were traveling on board and that he had been in the boat for nine days. the sea.

According to his story, the occupants of the pneumatic were 34 adult men of sub-Saharan origin, sources from the emergency teams have informed Efe.

A Maritime Rescue helicopter, the Helimer 206, transferred the survivor to the Gando airport, in Gran Canaria, and from there he was taken in a medicalized ambulance to a hospital, since although he was conscious he presented symptoms of hypothermia.

The merchant ship that located the boat also tried to recover the bodies but could not due to poor sea conditions.

A radio beacon, deposited by the Helimer 206, has allowed the ship Miguel de Cervantes to find the pneumatics.

The number of occupants coincides with an alert given by the Caminado Fronteras collective of a pneumatic boat that left the Sahara coast more than a week ago, at a point between El Aaiún and Bojador, with 34 occupants on board and of which no has news.