SAINT LOUIS, Senegal — The Senegalese Navy stated on Sunday it had stopped two extra boats carrying 262 would-be migrants late the earlier night time, taking the entire to 5 boats intercepted and over 600 folks rescued by a navy patrol boat since Thursday.
These rescued included 26 girls and 13 minors, the navy stated in a submit on social media platform X, sharing images of dozens of individuals on a patrol boat and others seated in rows on a quay.
The successive rescues comes throughout the busy summer time season when hundreds of migrants courageous the lots of of miles of ocean separating Africa from Europe every year in a determined seek for a greater life.
In August, solely 37 survived after a migrant boat carrying 101 folks from Senegal was discovered to have been adrift within the ocean with out gasoline for weeks.
From Senegal, they go away fishing villages and cities alongside the nation’s Atlantic shorelines in brightly painted fishing vessels for the open ocean, overloaded with folks with no shelter from the weather.
One other fishing boat on Saturday carrying greater than 100 folks from the south of the nation ran aground within the coastal metropolis of Saint Louis when it was pressured to show round by excessive winds, witnesses stated.
Movies shared on X confirmed the boat being tossed by waves near a seashore as dozens of would-be migrants bounce off and attempt to swim ashore.
“We had been on the seashore chilling when instantly we noticed a pirogue arriving with migrants on board. Once they obtained nearer to the shore, they had been frantically leaping into the water,” stated Fallou Ndir, a 19-year outdated Saint Louis resident. “All of us rushed to witness this though right here, it’s widespread.”
The migrants bounce off to keep away from arrest by the navy, he stated, including that they mix into the inhabitants and disappear as soon as on dry land.
On Sunday morning a Reuters reporter noticed the deserted boat on the Saint Louis seashore being stripped aside by younger males who plan to make use of the wooden to rebuild one other boat.