CADIZ, Spain – Three sub-Saharan migrants lost their lives, one is missing and two others were rescued after the small boat in which they were attempting to cross from the North African coast to Spain capsized, Spanish coastguard authorities said on Wednesday.
Search and rescue workers told EFE they were first alerted to a situation in the Strait of Gibraltar after a vessel spotted a man floating in the sea holding onto to a buoyant object.
As the survivor was being airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment, he notified his rescuers that four others had been traveling with him in a small vessel which, after leaving Morocco, came into trouble and sank before it managed to reach Spain’s southern coast.
A coastguard ship joined the helicopter in a search of the area and found one survivor, who was taken to a hospital in Jerez on the Spanish mainland.
Three corpses were pulled from the water by the coastguard ship.
Search and rescue teams continued to scour the area for a sixth occupant of the sunken vessel.
In a separate operation on Wednesday morning, the Spanish coastguard managed to locate and safely bring to land seven men, a woman and a baby traveling on a small migrant vessel in the same area.