The Senegalese army stated in a statement on Friday that up to 48 people were missing when a boat carrying roughly 60 people overturned off the coast of northern Senegal.
After getting an alarm that a boat had flipped 35 kilometres (22 miles) from the Senegal river’s estuary, navy warships rescued 11 passengers and recovered one dead from the waters.
According to the army, those rescued included eight Senegalese citizens and three Gambians.
The army stated that search and rescue activities were ongoing, but provided no other information about the passengers or their destination.
This year has seen a rise in the number of migrants making the dangerous crossing from Africa to the Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago, often in rickety, overcrowded boats with unreliable engines.
From Jan. 1 to July 31, at least 7,531 people reached the islands from Western Africa, according to Spanish government figures, a 136% rise compared with the same period in 2020.
Many, however, do not make it. Earlier in August, up to 47 people, including three minors, were presumed to have died after their boat encountered engine trouble on the passage from Western Sahara to the Canary Islands.