The Spanish Red Cross said 16 of the 23 people on board the boat on El Hiero Island were also in “critical condition”.
At least four people were found dead in an immigrant boat on the Canary Islands in El Hierro on Sunday, the Spanish Red Cross said.
According to local media, the ship was spotted by a fishing boat about 193 kilometers (120 miles) south of LL Hayero, one of the smallest in the Canary Islands.
Rescue operations are underway on Sunday afternoon, with three helicopters deployed to protect the injured.
The Red Cross said there were 23 passengers on board, one of whom was in critical condition and three were in good condition in Tenerife. The four dead will be taken to El Hiero.
The number of undeclared migrants and refugees arriving in the Spanish Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean was eight times higher than last year in 2019, with the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and other industries in North and Sub-Saharan Africa pushing many more. The dangerous journey begins.
According to the United Nations Migration Agency’s Missing Migrants Project, by 2020, 23,000 people had reached the islands by boat and about 7,500 had died or gone missing.
Between January 1 and March 31 this year, 3,400 people arrived in the canaries, less than half the number compared to the same period in 2019.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says many rich people have died or gone missing for years after trying to cross the islands, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
Since 2014, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died at sea trying to reach Europe from Africa. Of these, more than 1,000,000 were in the central Mediterranean, which has been described by the UN as the most dangerous migration route in the world.