African Migrants Drown Trying To Sail To Spain

African Migrants At least 14 people have drowned after a boat believed to be carrying African migrants started sinking off the coast of Morocco, Spanish officials said.

The Spanish coast guard said another 17 people had been rescued off the coast of Alhucemas.

One survivor said the boat had been carrying more than 70 migrants and a search is continuing, officials said.

Those on the boat are believed to be from sub-Saharan Africa.

A Spanish coast guard plane spotted the boat about 18 miles (29km) off the Moroccan coast on Thursday afternoon following a tip-off nearly 24 hours earlier that it had left Nador, Morocco, and was heading to Spain.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais said the alarm had been raised by a family member of a passenger on the boat.

The aircraft dropped an inflatable raft and some survivors managed to scramble on to it, the paper reported.

The survivors – 14 men and three women – were taken to the Moroccan port of Alhucemas. Some were said to be in need of urgent medical attention.

The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid says hundreds attempt the treacherous crossing from Morroco to Spain every year, often in basic boats, but many don’t survive the journey.

In recent years Spain has seen a decline in the numbers of African migrants reaching its shores by boat, since a peak of 13,425 in 2008.

The migrants, fleeing poverty in West Africa, risk their lives in open, rickety boats threatened by strong currents.

  1. Kenneth Osasah Reply

    Many lives had gone without records,if not for one person those lives would have gone without record.Many Nigerian died trying to migrate to spain from that same route.
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    Here is a free (1) from (2) will be paid by Federal Government if they find it useful to the nation.

    The president of the federal republic of Nigeria,should address the issue of poverty in Nigeria by creating a factory in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria. All resident of a local government area can work in the LGA factory and will be of three shift at the begining and with time should be hourly thereby given oportunity for anyone to work at ease as it pleaes them. One can decide to work for three hours and will be paid for three hours and this will make it open to all the resident of the local government…

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