40 Feared Dead as Boat Carrying Migrants Capsizes off the Coast of Africa

40 Feared Dead as Boat Carrying Migrants Capsizes off the Coast of Africa

  • Tragic news has broken that a boat carrying 50 migrants capsized off the coast of Africa
  • It was en route to Spain's Canary Islands when the accident took place and at least 40 people are feared dead
  • 10 survivors were rescued by fishermen in the area, the number of migrants to the Canary Islands has increased dramatically

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Approximately 40 migrants are feared dead after a boat believed to be carrying 50 people capsized off the coast of Western Sahara.

The boat was en route to the Canary Islands, which is under Spanish control after leaving from Western Sahara.

Ten people were rescued by fishermen according to the SABC. The area in question where the boats set off from is disputed by the Morrocan government.

40 feared dead as boat carrying migrants capsizes off the coast of Africa
At least 40 migrants are feared dead after a boat capsized. Photo credit: @We 4 You
Source: UGC

The Polisario Front seeks to create an independent nation there. Migrant deaths are common in the area according to Rifnote.

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Between January 1 and July 31, at least 7,531 people have moved to the Canary Islands from West Africa. Dhaka Tribune reported that this is a 136% increase according to the Spanish government's figures.

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20 unidentified bodies found drifting in boat in Turks and Caicos Islands

Officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands are attempting to figure out the cause of death of 20 people whose bodies were discovered on a boat drifting near Grand Turk Island on Thursday.

Fishermen reportedly sighted the boat floating roughly 1.6km off the coast of the Grand Turk on Thursday, June 24, and notified the marine branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Authorities confirmed investigators had eliminated foul play as a possibility, however were still attempting to find out what happened as well as the identities of the deceased.

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Police Commissioner Trevor Botting stated that the boat seemed to have travelled from outside the Caribbean and officials did presume it had the Turks and Caicos as its final destination, according to AP News.

Boat carrying capsizes in Kebbi

In an earlier report by Legit.ng, a boat ferrying about 160 passengers was said to have capsized in the River Niger on Wednesday, May 26.

According to the report, dozens of people in the boat were missing. The boat left Niger state and was heading to Kebbi state in the northwest zone when it split and sank.

Abdullahi Buhari Wara, the local head of Ngaski district, narrated the incident. He said a rescue operation is underway but only 22 survivors and one dead body have been recovered, adding that about 140 passengers are still missing.

Source: Legit

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