Immigration: More than 60 migrants lost their lives in shipwreck off Cape Verde

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drama The boat had left the Senegalese coast with 101 passengers on board, all Senegalese except for one Bissau-Guinean

Immigration: More than 60 migrants lost their lives in shipwreck off Cape Verde

The craft was spotted Monday in the Atlantic about 150 nautical miles (277 km) from the Cape Verdean island of Sal. (ILLUSTRATION PHOTO) — Joan Mateu Parra/AP/SIPA

63 migrants are presumed dead in the sinking of a canoe that left the coast You were Senegalese at the beginning of July and found Monday off Cape Verde, indicated the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Wednesday.

38 people were rescued including four young people from twelve to serious; sixteen years, indicated IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli. The makeshift boat was spotted on Monday in the Atlantic at about 277 km from the Cape Verdean island of Sal, by a Spanish fishing vessel which alerted the Cape Verdean authorities, indicated the police of the archipelago, about six hundred kilometers from the Senegalese coast. Apart from the 38 survivors, the rescuers found the remains of seven people, reported the spokesperson.

101 passengers àgrave; edge

According to the testimonies of the survivors quoted by the Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other sources, the boat had left the locality from Fass Boye (west), on the Senegalese coast, on July 10 with 101 passengers at on board, all Senegalese on board; except for one Bissau-Guinean.

Thus 56 people are missing. “Usually when people go missing in They are presumed dead after a shipwreck,” spokesperson. The authorities kept themselves until present to speak out about what happened; after the departure of the canoe on July 10. But “the missing are all dead,” Abdou Karim Sarr, an official of the Local Artisanal Fishing Councils (CLPA), a professional organization, told AFP.

It’s “sadness, dismay, despair and total calm,” AFP a local elected representative of Fass Boye, Moda Samb. According to Moda Samb, 98% of the occupants of the dugout are from Fass Boye: “They were born and raised” in this locality of fishermen.

“One of the survivors who spoke to his father on the phone told him that the others (missing) are dead&rdquo ;, he said. “Others (families) are waiting to hear if their children are among the survivors,” he said.