8 African migrants die off coast of Spain's Perejil island

At least 8 African migrants died when a flimsy vessel in which they were trying to reach the Spanish coast capsized, an official said.

8 African migrants die off coast of Spain's Perejil island

At least eight African migrants died on Saturday when a flimsy vessel in which they were trying to reach the Spanish coast capsized, a spokeswoman for the Ceuta local government said.

The boat was found near the coastline of Spanish island Perejil, west of Ceuta, following an hour's search after the immigrants phoned in their location just after 0500 GMT.

So far, 11 people have been rescued alive, the local government spokeswoman told Reuters.

"Up to now 8 migrants have been found dead, 7 of which are women, and 11 found alive. The search is ongoing," she said.

A spokesman for the Red Cross told national radio there were 60 people on board but the local government spokeswoman could not confirm the number.

Those on board phoned in their location just after 0500 GMT and after an hour's search, the rescue team found the capsized boat near the coastline of Perejil, situated just off the northern coast of Morocco, the Red Cross said.

Tens of thousands of migrants have successfully reached the Spanish coasts in recent years, while thousands more are believed to have drowned or died of exposure in the search of jobs and a better life in Europe.

Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Eylül 2009, 17:23
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