One of the two babies who arrived in a boat to Gran Canaria dies

A woman and one of the babies who gave birth in a twin birth aboard a patera located this Thursday in the south of Gran Canaria have been evacuated by helicopter, while the other newborn has died, Red Cross sources informed Efe and Maritime Rescue.

The mother, who had given birth four hours before being rescued, and the surviving baby have been transferred to the Juan Negrín Hospital in Gran Canaria.

About 50 people were traveling aboard that boat, including several pregnant women and children.

In addition to this boat, Salvamento Marítimo reports on two others located in the south of Gran Canaria, one with 30 occupants, all men of sub-Saharan origin, and another with 60 of Maghreb origin.

All of them, once rescued, are expected to arrive at the port of Arguineguín aboard a rescue boat at around 10 pm, sources say.

In that port the 198 occupants of a cayuco that was 25.9 kilometers south of Gran Canaria have already disembarked when it was located by the Civil Guard.

Salvamar Macondo accompanied the cayuco on its way to the port.

Gerardo Santana, regional president of the Red Cross, has indicated in statements to the media that the final figure could even be 200 or 201, which would mean the largest number of people arriving in a single canoe to the Canary Islands in the last decade.

The record in the Canary Islands was set by a gondola that arrived in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, with 230 people on September 30, 2008.

Gerardo Santana has detailed that all the occupants of the cayuco that arrived in Arguineguín today are men of sub-Saharan origin, among whom there could be minors.

Some have required health care for dehydration, lipothymia and injuries from the sun, and it is not ruled out that there is some derivation.

He has also indicated that they had been at sea between four and days and that they came mostly from Senegal and the Gambia.

He stressed that they were located 14 miles from Güigüí and that it would have been “an impressive danger” to get closer to that point on the coast, where there are “impressive currents. We would speak of another way ”, has slipped.

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