Fourth day of searches for missing boat people

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2004, MADRID - Rescue services began their fourth consecutive day of searches on Monday for the 32 illegal immigrants who fell into the sea when their boat capsized off the Canary Islands on Friday morning.

16 August 2004

MADRID - Rescue services began their fourth consecutive day of searches on Monday for the 32 illegal immigrants who fell into the sea when their boat capsized off the Canary Islands on Friday morning.

Both helicopters and tugs are taking part in the combing of waters about 10km off the coast of Fuerteventura,

Searches began on Friday after six survivors were picked up from the boat when it overturned near the La Entallada lighthouse.

The body of a woman was found floating soon afterwards, but the rescue services have failed to find any more of the 32 Africans aboard.

According to official figures released earlier this month, 7,300 immigrants have been detained on arrival on Spain so far this year, some 9.4 percent down on the same period of 2003.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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