Death toll rises to nine dead after migrant boat capsizes off Lanzarote coast

Written by on November 6, 2019

At least nine people are known to have died after the patera they were travelling in overturned off of the coast of Lanzarote.

Emergency services are working in the Caleta de Caballo area near to Teguise, with searching being carried out at sea, on land and in the air.

The migrants, who were travelling from the African continent were thrown into the sea in the early hours of yesterday morning after the boat was hit by a large wave.

It’s estimated there were between twelve to fifteen migrants on board when it capsized.

Four people were rescued from the wreck, whilst one person remains missing.

A search and rescue operation is ongoing in an effort to find those who have yet to be located.

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