A baby born aboard a boat that was headed to the Canary islands has died during the voyage. The boat, with 43 passengers, has been located by Rescue at Sea 15 miles from Arrecife in Lanzarote. The effective rescue have carried out resuscitation for the baby, but have not been able to save him.After the landing, the mother has been transferred in serious condition to the Hospital de Molina Orosa of the capital of lanzarote in a helicopter.
The boat was located about twelve in the morning of this Wednesday, after which the NGO Walk Borders to give the voice of alarm after receiving a call from the occupiers themselves, of the boat. The NGO has reported that the barge was adrift from the past January 5, when it ran out of fuel, and that the delivery occurred on the high seas. Red cross has reported that the majority of those rescued were citizens of Ghana.
The path to the atlantic via the Canary islands is the most distant and, in turn, the most dangerous for Spain. Migrants take more risks to avoid the control of the moroccan authorities in the north of the country and depart from the south of Morocco and Mauritania but also from Senegal and the Gambia. In the past year, until the 20th of December, 170 people had died or disappeared in this journey. In total, according to the International Organization for Migration, 602 people died trying to reach the Spanish coast by the atlantic flyway and the mediterranean.
In a context of containment, in which the irregular immigration has dropped by half in 2019, the arrivals by the way canaria have doubled and reached 2.698 people. The growth, which was evidenced in the last few months of 2018, it worries the Spanish authorities, both the low reception capacity of the islands as by the opening of a new migratory route beyond the Mediterranean.