At least six people died from drowning on Tuesday night when a boat of migrants capsized at sea. The boat was one of a small flotilla bound for Ibiza from the Algerian port of Dellys.
Seven other people are missing, according to information in the digital newspaper www.algeri1.com and reported in the Diario de Ibiza. Four of the remaining seven boats reached the islands, three arriving in Formentera and one in Eivissa.
Another, with 21 people on board, received help from Maritime Rescue 28 miles south of Formentera. Another of the boats arrived in Mallorca and another one in Jávea.
The six bodies found so far were washed ashore in the area of Dellys and were transferred to the city hospital morgue located a few kilometers east of Algiers. “Another seven people who were part of this illegal immigration attempt are missing,” says the Algerian newspaper Algier1.
Most of the vessels with Algerian immigrants arriving in the Pitiüses depart from Dellys.
This latest occurrence is taken as further proof that the small boats are travelling all the way from Africa, and not being used as a final staging part of a drop off by a larger mother-ship.