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Boat tragedy in Strait of Gibraltar

PUBLISHED: March 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm  •  LAST EDITED: March 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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Boat tragedy in Strait of Gibraltar

• Thousands try to reach Europe from Africa in boats every year

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TWO people have died after a dinghy carrying illegal immigrants capsized in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Two others remain missing after the incident.

A maritime rescue spokesman said: “Spanish rescuers located three of the five migrants who were on board the dinghy, one of whom had died, about five nautical miles from Tangier, Morocco.

“The two survivors were suffering from severe hypothermia and were taken to Tarifa in southern Spain.”

Attempts by Africans to reach the Spanish coast on makeshift boats and illegally enter Europe happen frequently and have increased in the past few months.

Last October, at least 16 illegal migrants were found dead trying to reach Spain from Morocco.


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