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Abandoned boats on December 30, 2023 at the port of Arguineguin in the Canary archipelago. Three migrants were found dead off the coast of this archipelago on Saturday.

Agence France-Presse

Three migrants were found dead in a canoe on Saturday off the coast of the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries, announced the Spanish maritime rescue services.

Three bodies were discovered by rescuers late in the afternoon 314 kilometers south of the island of El Hierro, a maritime rescue spokesperson told AFP .

On this same boat, fifteen survivors were rescued by helicopter and transported to the island of El Hierro, including one part of them hungry or in a state of hypothermia, he added, without further details.

Located off the coast of northwest Africa, the Canary Islands archipelago is facing its worst migration crisis since 2006 this year, for one of the most dangerous maritime migratory routes in the world, with a spectacular increase in arrivals of illegal immigrants in recent months, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa.

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