Coastguard reports death on migrant ship

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, MADRID - Spanish coastguard officials found a body overnight on a boat carrying 53 other would-be African migrants to Spain's Canary Islands, a local government official said on Monday.

24 September 2007

MADRID - Spanish coastguard officials found a body overnight on a boat carrying 53 other would-be African migrants to Spain's Canary Islands, a local government official said on Monday.

The migrants, all of them men, were rescued from the boat near the island of Tenerife and were then taken to the port of Los Cristianos, said the official. They were all in good health, he added.

Located off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands have been a magnet in recent years for mainly sub-Saharan immigrants aspiring to reach Europe.

More than 31,200 immigrants arrived in the Canaries last year, more than tripling the previous annual record and overwhelming the island chain's authorities, and some 7,000 have made port so far this year.

The arrival of migrants has declined this year due in part to increased patrols of the West African coast, forcing immigrants to look elsewhere.

An unknown number of migrants die every year trying to reach the islands. In July some 50 African would-be immigrants perished after their boat capsized near the island of Tenerife.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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