5 Jul, 2017 @ 11:50
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Some 50 migrants feared drowned in ‘deadliest crossing of the year’ to Spain after rubber boat sinks off southern coast

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AROUND 50 migrants are feared dead after Spanish coastguards rescued three men from a ‘hulf sunk’ rubber boat yesterday.

If the missing are confirmed dead, it will be the deadliest sea crossing in that part of the Mediterranean so far this year.

A spokeswoman for the Spanish coastguards told AFP that ‘we suppose’ the migrants have drowned.

She added that crews were still searching for potential survivors in the seas near Alboran Island.

The rubber boat was discovered some 50km southwest of the island, which lies in the westernmost point of the Mediterranean.

The surviving men, all under the age of 25 and from sub-Sahara Africa, said there were more than 50 people on the boat, which had drifted for several days after leaving Morocco.

They were taken to hospital in Almeria.

Some 60 migrants have died so far this year trying to reach Spain.

 

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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