Recently, Spain’s maritime Rescue service brought the bodies of 24 migrants from Africa onto land.
It has been suggested that the migrants might have died due to thirst and hunger in trying to cross the west coast of Africa to the Canary Islands.
There were two minors included among the migrants who died. Their wooden boat was first spotted by a Spanish Air Force plane, drifting in the Atlantic Ocean some 265 nautical miles from the island of El Hierro on Monday morning.
Rescuers said three people on board were found alive but could not move. Amongst them, two men and one woman who was in serious condition were immediately airlifted by a military helicopter to the island of Tenerife.
Spanish Air Force rescuers told reporters that survivors confirmed they had spent over 22 days at sea.
The deadly Atlantic sea journey has become a major route for migrants and asylum-seekers.
These migrants are running away from violence, conflicts, and economic hardship triggered by the global health pandemic.
According to Spain’s Interior Ministry, this year alone, an estimated 4,000 people have reached the Canaries.
Last year, at least 849 people were reported to have died or gone missing trying to reach the Canaries. Some 23,000 reached their destination according to reports from the U.N. migration.