The International Organization for Migration (IOM) claimed 83 survivors swam to the shore following Wednesday’s sinking and had been remaining assisted by its officials in the northern town of Nouadhibou.
Survivors advised IOM that much more than 150 travellers, together with women and children, were aboard the vessel that departed from Gambia on November 27. The boat was functioning small on gasoline in advance of it sank as it approached the Mauritania coastline, IOM claimed, citing survivors.
An unspecified range of injured men and women have been taken to a hospital, and others are currently being assisted by authorities in Mauritania and officers representing the UN Large Commissioner for Refugees, according to IOM.
“The Mauritanian authorities are incredibly successfully coordinating the response with the organizations at present present in Nouadhibou,” IOM Mauritania Main of Mission Laura Lungarotti claimed in a news launch.
“Our widespread priority is to take care of all those people who survived and provide them the assist they require.”
The boat was headed for Spain’s Canary Islands off Africa’s northwest coastline, IOM explained.