11 lifeless bodies were discovered floating in the waters near the Balearic Islands, and three people were saved.
A sailboat discovered eleven lifeless bodies floating in the waters near the Balearic Islands.
After the tragic discovery in the waters off the Spanish archipelago of Cabrera, a rescue mission is still underway.
Authorities have been called to the site after the sailboat alerted them.
The sighting was reported at 4.08 p.m. on Monday, according to Government Delegation sources. Initially, the number of lifeless bodies was estimated to be seventeen.
The Government Delegation later confirmed the discovery of 11 lifeless bodies, with three people saved alive by Maritime Rescue.
The maritime rescue operation is still going on.
A yacht present in the region has already retrieved two sets of remains.
A Maritime Rescue helicopter and the Cuco Civil Guard helicopter were dispatched to the location.
In the waters west of Cabrera, south of Mallorca, several Maritime Rescue boats have also joined the search.
According to current evidence, the victims were on their way to the Balearic coast from North Africa onboard a boat.
It comes after reports from the Algerian State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) that waves of more than three meters were seen in the waters between the Balearic Islands and Algeria on Monday.
If the incident is tied to migrants, it will be the worst case of illegal immigration in the Balearic Islands’ history.
While the rescue mission is still ongoing, no further facts about what happened in the Balearic waters are available.