About 220 kilometers off the coast of the Canary Islands, a woman was found clinging to an overturned inflatable boat. The woman is the only survivor of a group of migrants who have tried to flee to Spain, according to the BBC.
The woman was rescued Thursday and taken to hospital with symptoms of severe dehydration after a ship called the Emergency Services passed by. The Coast Guard found two bodies around the inflatable. The woman told officials that there were more than 50 people on board.
More than 8,000 migrants have arrived in the Canary Islands, part of Spain, this year. Many of them set off from the coast between Morocco and Western Sahara, a disputed region claimed by Morocco.
As it became more difficult for migrants to cross into Europe via the Mediterranean, the route from Morocco became increasingly popular. But the human rights organization Walking Borders described the crossing as the most dangerous migration route in the world.
UN migration officials estimate that more than 350 people have died trying to reach the Canary Islands this year. Walking Borders believes that number is much higher than 2,000.
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