According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a boat with around 40 migrants on board was destroyed off the coast of the Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou.
“Another sinking of a ship off the coast of Nouadhibou with about 40 people on board,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s special envoy for the situation in the central Mediterranean, about his report on the social network Twitter.
He has stated that there is a Guinean national who survived the event, adding that UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and their partners are “trying to step up their efforts to prevent these tragedies, but the traffickers their customers keep lying “.
Cochetel has not given any details on when the sinking took place or where the boat was going, despite the fact that it is a route by which migrants are trying to reach the shores of the Canary Islands.
In December 2019, more than 60 people died as a result of the wreck of a boat off the coast of Nouadhibou, the second most common in Mauritania, while trying to reach the Canary Islands.