The Spanish coast guard reported rescuing 48 African migrants Thursday who said about 50 others went missing when their boat capsized off the Canary Islands.
Some of the survivors told their rescuers there had been about 100 people trying to get to Europe on an open fishing boat when it turned over about 90 miles southwest of the island of Tenerife, the BBC reported. The Spanish daily El Pais said there were strong winds and 12-foot high waves in the area at the time.
Search vessels and aircraft were dispatched to the area, officials said.
A day earlier, two fishing boats carrying migrants sank between Italy and Libya and four people drowned, the report said.
Meanwhile, Italian media reported a boat carrying 259 migrants had come ashore on the small island of Lampedusa, which is home to a migrant holding facility designed to hold 190 people, but which now has more than 900 migrants, the report said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2007, 16:40