Patera intercepted near Gran Canaria with 12 children on board

2020/07/22 17:52:05 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

Maritime Rescue intercepted a boat with 34 sub-Saharan immigrants on board last night, including twelve children, only 10 kms south of Gran Canaria, according to the Red Cross.

It was spotted at around 8:45pm by the Helimer 223 helicopter, after an intense day of searching the sea, in which the Salvage Samemar 103 plane has also been tracking the waters between Gran Canaria and Bojador, in search of several boats alerted by authorities.

In fact, after a night and dawn in which 58 people from two different boats had arrived at the port of Arguineguín, at least three alerts were still open for the same number of boats that should have left Dajla over the weekend with about 90 people on board.

This afternoon, the NGO Caminando Fronteras, received messages from relatives of those who had embarked on the risky journey of 450 kilometres of sea between Dajla and Gran Canaria, whom they claimed had been able to contact by phone.

In that call, the communicators shouted “Las Palmas! Las Palmas!” to indicate that they thought they could see the island of Gran Canaria.

In the NGO, they believe that it is the boat sighted by the helicopter and then assisted by the Salvamar Mankalinan crew, because family members said that eleven children were on board (and this one has arrived with twelve minors).

If this is the correct boat, then its occupants have been at sea in the Atlantic for almost four days, since they supposedly left the coast of Dakhla for the Canary Islands in the early hours of Friday night Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the Red Cross, Jesús González Afonso, explained to journalists at the Arguineguín dock, that the 34 immigrants from this patera have arrived in good health, although several of them with symptoms of dizziness, due to the bad sea conditions.