Updated 9 February 6.30pm: Sadly, the woman who was airlifted to Tenerife in critical condition has died in Candelaria Hospital, making two fatalities on this sad voyage.
Original post 9 February: Even the air force was called on earlier today to assist when a patera was spotted in difficulty south of El Hierro. One of the twenty occupants of the stricken craft, a woman with severe dehydration, has now been airlifted to a hospital in Tenerife where her condition is said to be critical. Sadly, however, one of the number died in what they must all have hoped was their voyage away from tragedy. Tragedy indeed. Seven others from the patera have been taken to hospital in El Hierro where they are said not to be in serious condition, but suffering from dehydration, hypothermia, and minor injuries.