Updated 10 September: This boat’s tragic crossing has now cost another life. When it arrived one of its occupants had died and four were in very poor condition and transferred to Candelaria Hospital. Now, sadly, one of those four has also died in hospital, the Canarian Government has confirmed. Of the other three, two remain gravely ill.
Original post 8 September: In what is already the busiest season in several years of cayucos and pateras, another tragedy has unfolded this afternoon. Only last month 20 bodies were found in such boats – full of people hopeful of a new life who are mercilessly exploited by people traffickers. And today, a patera with 58 on board was spotted south of Las Galletas. The craft has now been brought into Los Cristianos harbour and sadly one of its occupants has died, while five others have been transferred to medical centres for treatment and are said to be in serious condition. Most on board were men but there were two women and one child with them. Six further craft have been received into Gran Canaria today as well.