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60 Dead in Migrant Boat Sinking off Cape Verde

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday that a Senegalese migrant boat that was discovered off the Cape Verde islands of West Africa is thought to have lost more than 60 passengers.

According to IOM spokesperson Safa Msehli, 63 individuals are believed to have perished, and among the 38 survivors were four children between the ages of 12 and 16.

According to officials, a pirogue—a long, wooden fishing boat—was sighted in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday around 150 nautical miles (277 kilometers) off the Cape Verdean island of Sal.

It was seen by a Spanish fishing boat, which informed Cape Verdean authorities.

About 600 kilometers (350 miles) off the coast, on the sea path leading to the Spanish Canary Islands, which serve as a gateway to the European Union, is where you’ll find the archipelago of Cape Verde.

Msehli said that seven people’s corpses were found by emergency personnel, while another 56 individuals are thought to be missing.

She said that in most cases, when someone goes missing after a shipwreck, their death is assumed.
The boat departed the Senegalese fishing community of Fasse Boye on July 10 with 101 people on board, according to survivors quoted by Senegal’s foreign ministry on Tuesday.

They were all from Senegal, with the exception of one individual from Guinea-Bissau.

At this time, the authorities are mum on what happened to the boat after it departed.

However, Abdou Karim Sarr, a member of the CLPA local fishermen’s group, stated that “those missing are all dead.”

Nearly everyone on the boat, according to Moda Samb, a local elected official from Fasse Boye, was a native of this fishing village.

He said that one of the survivors who was speaking to his father on the phone informed him that the others had perished. He noted that some families were still awaiting word on whether their children were among the survivors.

Seven of the survivors, who arrived in Sal on Tuesday and needed hospitalization, were taken care of by the authorities in Cape Verde, who claimed they had mobilized the resources required.

The foreign ministry of Senegal stated that efforts will be made to repatriate its residents as quickly as feasible.

Similar disasters have already affected Senegal on many occasions in recent years.

Thousands of Africans fleeing violence and poverty travel via Cape Verde on one of the sea routes that lead to Europe.

Many of them sail on pirogue boats, which are susceptible to the whims of the weather, in their attempt to reach the Spanish Canary Islands, one of the riskiest routes.

In January of this year, rescue efforts were required to save over 90 migrants from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone in the waters off Cape Verde.

Source: AFP

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