Saturday, October 16

Ten people die aboard a boat adrift in the south of Gran Canaria

Ten occupants of a patera rescued on the night from Friday to Saturday when it was adrift 155.5 kilometers south of Gran Canaria died during the crossing and their bodies were thrown into the sea, according to the survivors told the emergency services who have attended them upon their arrival on the island. In this new tragedy that occurred on the dangerous migratory route established between Africa and the Canary Islands, another 24 people have been able to save their lives, including two women, although the days embarked on the boat have affected the health of eight survivors of this expedition: three have been evacuated by helicopter to a hospital on the island from the car itself and another five have been transferred to different health centers after being disembarked in Arguineguín.

The Helimer 204 Maritime Rescue helicopter was in charge of evacuating, with serious prognosis, this morning to the Hospital de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín three of the 24 occupants of this boat, which was adrift to the south of this island when it was sighted by a merchant.

It was the Occitan Sky the ship that alerted, at 5:00 p.m. this Friday, the Maritime Rescue coordinating center in Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the presence of the nacelle, which it located 155.5 kilometers south of Gran Canaria.

Given the position of the boat, Salvamento Marítimo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria decided to move the Guardamar Concepción Arenal to the area, whose crew was able to rescue its 24 occupants, two of them women, at 10:30 p.m.

Faced with the poor condition of three of the people who were sailing in the gondola, Guardamar requested their air evacuation, an operation that Helimer 204 was in charge of, which at 00:30 a.m. disembarked the injured at the heliport of the aforementioned hospital. of Gran Canaria.

The Guardamar Concepción Arenal returned to its base, at the Arguineguín dock, with the other 21 people who were in this boat, who landed in Gran Canaria at 0430 hours, according to sources from the state rescue society reported this Saturday.

Once on the island, the members of the Canary Islands Emergency Service who provided assistance to these people interested in the evacuation of five people to different health centers on the island, two in serious condition, as reported this Saturday on 112.

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