14 African immigrants die trying to reach Motril

LAST UPDATED: 30 Oct, 2012 @ 18:19
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14 African immigrants die trying to reach Motril

By Mason Jones

AT least 14 immigrants have been found dead while attempting to enter Spain in horrific conditions.

A further 40 still remain missing after the boat carrying the migrants from Morocco, capsized en route to Motril.

Among the confirmed dead, of which seven have already been buried, were at least three teenagers and a 25-year-old woman.

Only two, one from Togo, the other from Guinea, were carrying proper documentation.

The boat is thought to have been carrying 70 people who had crossed Morocco from sub-Saharan Africa.

A Coast Guard plane located the boat flailing in high seas following a tip-off that it had left Morocco.

A further 17 people were saved from the sinking vessel by a combination of Moroccan and Spanish rescue teams.

Those rescued have been taken to an immigrant internment centre in Tarifa.

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