SPAIN has called an end to the search for more than 20 migrants, believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean.

The group was attempting to sail across the Mediterranean on an inflatable boat during extreme stormy weather.

But when the boat ran out of fuel the migrants came into difficulty.

Spain’s Marine Rescue service hauled 28 African migrants from the 33-foot-long boat after finding it adrift on Friday off the southern coast.

Those rescued gave reports of an estimated 23 more people missing, including several babies, who had been swept out to sea.

But after deploying several boats during the three-day search, the operation has been unsuccessful.

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