Mon, 25 Sep 2023

MADRID, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- At least four migrants have died as an inflatable boat was adrift about 278 km south of Gran Canaria, local media reported on Sunday.

A young man of 27 years from Cote d'Ivoire, the only rescued survivor so far, claimed that a total of 34 people were on board and that they had been at sea for nine days.

The survivor was found by a merchant ship on Saturday. According to his account, the occupants of the dinghy were 34 adult men of sub-Saharan origin, the EFE news agency cited emergency teams sources.

The number of occupants coincides with an NGO's alert that a dinghy had departed more than a week ago from the coast of the Sahara, at a point between El Aaiun and Boujdour, with 34 occupants on board and of which there was no news.

A helicopter transferred the survivor to the airport of Gando in Gran Canaria, and from there he was taken to a hospital.

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