83 passengers managed to swim to the coast after their boat sank off Mauritania on December 4, 2019.
At least 62 migrants died in the sinking of their boat off Mauritania. They had left Gambia with about 150 people on board before their boat sank in the evening.
A migrant boat sank off Mauritania. He was carrying about 150 people. Sixty-two bodies have been found for the moment and 85 survivors have been rescued. According to the survivors, the boat left The Gambia on November 27 and headed for Spain.
It is a road that was very busy in time, we have not heard about it recently. And probably, maybe because of the fact that there is even more security in the Mediterranean and smugglers do what they can to make money. And they try any road. This is obviously a very dangerous route in the North Atlantic.
The boat, apparently a simple dugout canoe, was not far from the shore when she started to take the water. The sinking took place in front of the city of Nouadhibou, located in the northwest and economic capital of Mauritania.
Migrants were trying to reach Spain from Gambia.
“Most of them were irregular immigrants trying to reach Spain from The Gambia,” said the Mauritanian Interior Ministry.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said 83 passengers including 10 miners had managed to swim to the coast. Survivors who managed to reach the coast claimed that their makeshift boat lacked fuel.
“The Mauritanian authorities are cooperating effectively with the agencies present in Nouadhibou,” said Laura Lungarotti, IOM’s chief of mission in Mauritania. “Our priority is to take care of the survivors and provide them with the necessary help,” she said. The wounded were transported to the Nouadhibou hospital.
According to the Mauritanian authorities, the condition of ten survivors necessitated their emergency hospitalization. The victims were quickly buried near Nouadhibou, without waiting, according to Muslim prescriptions and without being identified, said the IOM spokesman in Dakar.
Mamadou Saliou Diallo